"Tonight in federal court, the Trump administration decided not only to try to destroy protections for Americans living with pre-existing conditions, but to declare all-out war on the health care of the American people", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Monday.
Last December a federal judge took an axe to the entire Affordable Care Act, ruling it unconstitutional, pending appeal. That decision has been appealed to the 5 Circuit Court of Appeal.
Barr's letter instead said the decision on the crime of obstruction was passed to himself, and deputy Rod Rosenstein: "The Special Counsel's decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime".
If successful, this effort could cause almost 20 million Americans to lose their coverage and tax credits.
"This is something that Americans care deeply about", said Sen.
The case brought by Texas and a group of GOP-led states seems headed for the Supreme Court. Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation was a reasonably well-regarded victory, but most of the president's major pushes were unpopular. "No one was hurt by the elimination of the individual mandate".
Some on the left had their hopes dashed after the Mueller Russia probe ended this weekend without new criminal indictments, but the party's top strategists - in the presidential campaigns and Congress - have always viewed bread-and-butter economic issues, including access to affordable medical treatment, as the key to their continued electoral success.
And the nation's health insurers have also filed a brief in support of the ACA.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the Justice Department decision "will prove far more detrimental" to the Republicans than any political "gains" they might enjoy from the end of Mueller's investigation.
On Wednesday the president repeated his prediction that the GOP would be "the party of great health care". "So, I think according to the Lindsey Graham standard, that absolutely, does Trump meet that bar?"
Obamacare survived a 2012 legal challenge at the Supreme Court when a majority of justices ruled the individual mandate aspect of the program was a tax that Congress had the authority to impose.
An elimination of the ACA would have a huge impact in CT, which enthusiastically implemented Obamacare. "Right off the bat, the popular parts everyone wants to keep would be thrown out - having kids on the policy until 26, no annual limits, no lifetime limits - along with the parts people object to".
In the 2018 campaign, Republicans running for Congress pledged to protect patients from being denied coverage, or charged high premiums, because of pre-existing conditions.
"It would be catastrophic". Many are advocating for the government to supplant private insurers with "universal" healthcare system.
Other Democrats appeared to relish the chance to shift to health care.
'That's the number one thing on people's minds.