Wisconsin lawmakers, officials respond to ACA in court

Trenise Bryant joins a rally for the Affordable Care Act in Miami Florida on Aug. 3 2017

Trenise Bryant joins a rally for the Affordable Care Act in Miami Florida on Aug. 3 2017. Joe Raedle—Getty Images

The judges focused on whether Obamacare lost its legal justification after Trump in 2017 signed a law that eliminated a tax penalty used to enforce the law's mandate that all Americans buy health insurance.

Tuesday afternoon, in a video conference, Peters explained his opinion that ending the Affordable Care Act would be harmful to Michiganders, more than 4.1 million of which have a preexisting condition.

In 2018, Democrats mainly relied on messaging that touted the Affordable Care Act and its coverage of pre-existing conditions.

Peters and other politicians have suggested the case could eventually makes its way before the Supreme Court. Texas-based U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor declared in December that it did.

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"My thoughts are primarily with the hundreds of thousands of Nevadans who have health insurance thanks to the ACA and have access to things like no co-pay birth control", Roberson said. Among the arguments by the law's supporters: Those who filed suit have no case because they aren't harmed by a penalty that doesn't exist; the reduction of the tax penalty to zero could be read as a suspension of the tax, but the tax's legal structure still exists; and that, even if the individual mandate is now unconstitutional, that does not affect the rest of the law known as the Affordable Care Act. Although the government initially said some parts of the ACA might be worth keeping, the Trump administration shifted in March and said it would no longer defend any part of Obamacare in court. US is likely headed to the US Supreme Court, where the conservative majority will decide the outcome, next year - while candidates up and down the ticket are vying for election. They would be among approximately 50 percent of Americans impacted by the new potential ruling, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Johnson had no specific comment on the lawsuit today, but a spokesperson told NewsChannel 7 he consistently supports maintaining access to affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Two hours before Tuesday's arguments were to get under way, about a dozen law students and lawyers had lined up outside the court on a steamy New Orleans summer day to make sure they had seats to view the arguments. If successful, the plaintiffs' case in Texas v. Azar would go farther than any of those bills, striking down the law in its entirety and abruptly eliminating a wide range of policies and programs on which millions of people have come to rely for health coverage.

"It's created to lay down the marker for protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions", he said, "and serve as a temporary stop gap in the event the ACA is overturned by the courts".

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If they uphold the lower court decision, millions of Americans, many of them sickly or lower income individuals, would be in danger of losing their health care coverage. He said "voting for the Affordable Care Act was the most important vote of my career". And it allows children to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until they turn 26. "I'm opposed to the Affordable Care Act because it is a massive failure", said Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Louisiana. Timed with Tuesday's high-profile hearing, Democratic group Protect Our Care ran ads spotlighting the lawsuit and targeting four Republican senators up for reelection in 2020, as Democrats mount an uphill battle to flip the Senate.

Some of the ACA's mandates, including the requirement that insurers cover "essential benefits" and protections for people with pre-existing health insurance, have been made state law with the help of GOP votes, Kelly said.

But it's unclear how long state protections for health care consumers would survive if the ACA disappears.

"If the ACA were to evaporate, many of those protections would be in place", he said. "We can not go back to the days where people are denied healthcare because of a pre-existing condition".

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"If they can't, all Republicans will find themselves in a hard situation", Rose said.

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