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Trump Administration defends illegal sabotage of the Affordable Care Act
In its motion to dismiss our lawsuit, one of the Administration’s primary responses is to promise that things are getting better, but it ignores the ways in which its own actions have made things worse by driving up the costs of quality health coverage.More
Since his inauguration, President Trump and his Administration have intentionally and unconstitutionally sabotaged the Affordable Care Act. President Trump’s actions have increased the cost of health coverage; they have discouraged enrollment; and they have sowed uncertainty in health insurance markets, eliminating choices for quality health insurance. The President’s goal is clear: to dismantle the ACA by executive action alone. President Trump’s unprecedented attempts to sabotage the duly enacted ACA defy his most fundamental duties under the Constitution. We sued on behalf of cities and consumers to stop it.
President Trump’s actions harm American families nationwide by making it harder and more expensive to obtain quality health care. President Trump’s continued and systematic attacks on the ACA cause both the cost of health coverage and the number of underinsured Americans to increase. The Administration’s actions have also harmed cities nationwide by forcing them to pick up the tab for providing healthcare to uninsured or underinsured individuals.
We filed suit to stop President Trump’s sabotage of the ACA on behalf of four cities—Columbus, Ohio, Baltimore, Maryland, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois—and citizens from Charlottesville, Virginia. The lawsuit argues that President Trump’s actions violate the Administrative Procedure Act and the Constitution’s Take Care Clause. We’re asking the Court to declare that the President and his Administration have broken the law and order them to take specific steps to faithfully enforce the ACA, including by restoring funding for advertising and for Navigator groups, restoring open enrollment periods to their prior length, and promoting the availability of comprehensive, reasonably-priced health insurance for individuals and families with pre-existing conditions.
August 2, 2018
We filed suit, alleging that President Trump’s attempts to sabotage the ACA are unlawful.
December 24, 2018
The Trump Administration filed its motion to dismiss our lawsuit.
One of the Administration’s primary responses is to promise that things are getting better, but it ignores the ways in which its own actions have made things worse by driving up the costs of quality health coverage.Learn More