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Battle Over Obamacare
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Jun 19, 2018

Weekly Primer: Now Courts Could Determine The Future Of Obamacare

The Trump administration released its final rule on Tuesday for Association Health Plans — cheap, skimpy plans that don’t have to comply with many Obamacare protections and regulations. The plans, which cover far fewer services than ACA plans, are expected to lure millions of people out of the individual market, driving up premiums for the older and sicker people who remain. But the biggest stories this week are coming from federal courts across the country that are grappling with the future of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Though the Trump administration has thrown its weight behind a lawsuit from 20 GOP states seeking to kill what is left of the ACA, the arguments at the heart of the case are getting panned by legal experts — even those who backed previous lawsuits against the ACA. While the merits of the case may be dubious, its impact could be enormous. Among other effects, it would allow insurers to reject people with pre-existing…

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