City of Columbus v. Trump

A coalition of cities and individuals across America, represented by Democracy Forward, filed suit against President Trump and his Administration for intentionally and unconstitutionally sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and increasing the cost of health coverage for American families. The President’s actions to undermine the ACA are not just detrimental to American families, they are a violation of the Constitution he swore to uphold.

The suit was filed on behalf of the cities of Columbus, Ohio, Baltimore, Maryland, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois, and citizens from Charlottesville, Virginia. The suit details how:

  • President Trump is unconstitutionally and intentionally sabotaging the ACA and increasing the cost of quality health coverage for American families. Because of President Trump’s continued and systematic attacks on the ACA, both the cost of health coverage and the number of underinsured Americans are increasing.
  • The President’s goal is clear: to dismantle the ACA by executive action alone. After the Trump Administration failed to convince its allies in Congress to repeal the ACA, the Administration has worked to discourage enrollment, raise prices, sow uncertainty in insurance markets, and eliminate choices for quality health insurance.
  • The President’s efforts to sabotage the ACA are illegal. The Take Care Clause of the Constitution requires the President and his Administration to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” President Trump’s unprecedented, politically-motivated attempts to unilaterally dismantle the duly enacted ACA defy this obligation. Certain of the Administration’s actions also violate the Administrative Procedure Act.

The lawsuit seeks to hold the President accountable and force the Trump Administration to implement the law in good faith. The plaintiffs are asking the Court to declare that the President has violated the Take Care Clause and the Administrative Procedure Act and order the Administration to take specific steps to faithfully enforce the ACA. These steps include: restoring funding for advertising and for Navigator groups; extending the 2019 open enrollment period; and promoting of the availability of comprehensive, reasonably-priced health insurance for individuals and families with pre-existing conditions.

The suit was filed August 2 in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.


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