Jaw-dropping. At a loss for words.

Health Care
The Trump Administration wasn’t content with raising health care premiums across the country. Now, they want to completely gut the law and kick 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions off their coverage. We can’t imagine that’s going to go over well with constituents as House Republicans head home to their districts today. Here’s a look at how it’s playing in the news:

LA Times: Got a preexisting condition? The Trump administration wants insurers to deny you coverage
“In its latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act — and in the process, raise premiums for many Americans — the Trump administration is urging a federal judge in Texas to throw out the law’s protections for people with preexisting conditions.”

“In other words, the administration wants insurers to be able to deny coverage to the people most in need of it, or to charge them considerably higher premiums than they’re allowed to charge today.”

This is jaw-dropping. Even Republicans who’ve complained about Obamacare have been loath to undo the protections for people with preexisting conditions who are not covered by large employers’ health plans. That’s because the public supports them, and unequivocally so.”

Vox: The Trump administration believes Obamacare’s preexisting conditions protections are now unconstitutional
“The Trump administration argued in a court brief filed on Thursday that Obamacare’s protections for preexisting conditions should be ruled unconstitutional, opening up another front in the White House’s crusade to roll back the law’s core insurance reforms.”

“If the Trump administration’s argument were to prevail, insurers could once again be able to flat-out deny Americans insurance based on their health status. No amount of federal subsidies would protect them. Medicaid expansion would remain, but the private insurance market would no longer guarantee coverage to every American.”

New York Times: Justice Dept. Says Crucial Provisions of Obamacare Are Unconstitutional
“The Trump administration told a federal court on Thursday that it would no longer defend crucial provisions of the Affordable Care Act that protect consumers with pre-existing medical conditions.”

“…It could eviscerate major parts of the Affordable Care Act that remain in place despite numerous attacks by President Trump and his administration. Insurers could again deny people coverage because of their medical condition or history.

Huffington Post: Trump Administration Takes New Aim At Obamacare’s Pre-Existing Protections
“The Trump administration on Thursday officially threw its support behind a new, seemingly far-fetched legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the law’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional.

“But polls have shown protections for pre-existing conditions to be exceedingly popular, even among Republican voters.”

USA Today: Trump administration will no longer defend the Affordable Care Act in court
“The Trump administration declared that it will no longer defend the Affordable Care Act from a challenge filed by 20 states because it agrees that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional and that key parts of the act — including the provisions protecting those with pre-existing conditions — are invalid.

“…The move… upends a longstanding legal and democratic norm that the executive branch will uphold existing laws.”

“‘I am at a loss for words to explain how big of a deal this is,’ said University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley in a blog post.”

Associated Press: Justice Department says heart of Affordable Care Act unconstitutional
“The Trump administration said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions.”

“Insurers are now finalizing their premium requests for 2019, and Jost said the Justice Department filing may prompt jittery carriers to seek higher rates.”

"‘The question is, what does this do to insurance markets now? said Jost.”