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President Obama signing into law the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

More GOP Sabotage Of Obama Care — Right Wing Judge Tries To Throw Out Obama Care

The GOP has been sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since it was passed in 2010. The latest act of sabotage was a ruling from a George W. Bush appointed federal judge who ruled that the entire ACA was unconstitutional on a spurious legal theory. This is the third constitutional challenge to the ACA from the GOP. On two previous occasions, the Supreme Court has rejected those challenges. Fortunately, the ACA will remain in place while the case goes through the appeals process.

There are no guarantees that the ACA will survive the latest challenge. If the GOP gets its way, the consequences would be catastrophic:

  • 17 million Americans would lose insurance coverage.
  • Millions of young people would no longer be covered under their parents’ policies.
  • The insurance industry once again would be able to place lifetime limits on coverage.
  • The ban on pre-existing conditions would be ended and the insurance industry could resume discriminating against the sick and the injured. Approximately 52 million Americans or 27% of the country are deemed to have a pre-existing condition.

Nevertheless, Donald Trump proclaimed that the ruling was “Great news!” In reality, the ruling was bad news for the entire country. It is also troubling that we once again face the prospect of un-elected judges with taxpayer subsidized insurance taking away coverage from millions of Americans.

The implications of a Supreme Court decision throwing out the entire ACA are wide ranging. It’s evident the GOP is using the federal courts to implement its regressive and unpopular agenda. That’s why the fight over the Kavanaugh nomination was so hard fought earlier this year.

Once the Democrats regain power, we will have to reform the federal courts by expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts. This is a necessary step because McConnell and the Senate Republicans did everything they could to block President Obama’s judicial nominations during his last two years in office.

If the five GOP appointees on the Supreme Court act as super legislators and throw out the ACA on spurious grounds against the will of the American people, it will create significant momentum for a Medicare For All law. As Ezra Klein tweeted: “I don’t think this kind of nonsense is going to kill the Affordable Care Act. But the continued assault on Obamacare is very much why Democrats are going to pass some version of Medicare-for-All next time they hold power.”

All I can tell you is that we can’t rest on our laurels after our big victory in the mid-terms. We need to begin gearing up for the 2020 elections. In my opinion, the Trump presidency is on the ropes and we have a very good chance to win back the White House and the Senate in 2020. Now let’s get to work!

I’m a trial lawyer, a Democratic activist and a sports fan.

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