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Battle Over Obamacare
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Aug 7, 2018

Primer: As The Trump Admin Tries To Kill Obamacare, States And Cities Begin To Fire Back With Suits

Last week, the administration issued new rules about cheap, meager, short-term health insurance plans, increasing the cap for the amount of time a person could stay on such a plan from three months to a full year. The administration will also now allow those who buy these year-long plans to renew them for up to 36 months. That means consumers could hold insurance that is meant to be “short term” for up to three years. The following day, four cities sued the Trump administration, claiming that moves like these were “sabotaging” Obamacare. Columbus, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Chicago claim that the administration is violating the “Take Care” clause of the Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act by undermining the Affordable Care Act. The cities want the administration to restore funding for outreach and enrollment assistance, extend 2019’s open enrollment period, stop pushing the short-term plans, and instead encourage potential enrollees to buy comprehensive plans. The cities say the administration’s steps to undermine Obamacare…

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