Judge Blocks Trump's Small-Business Health Insurance Plan


But some cases are going against him, and time is not on his side as he tries to score a big win for his re-election campaign.

A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, the second setback in a week for the administration's health care initiatives. At White House urging, the Justice Department will support the Texas judge and argue that all of "Obamacare" must go. Four in ten voters in 2018 said health care was the most important issue facing the country, according to a CNN exit poll, as they swept a wave of Democratic lawmakers into office to give Democrats the majority in the House of Representatives.

"Was this a good week for the Trump administration?"

Despite the president's confidence in his party's ability to enact a new health care law, congressional Republicans are not so sure. "So, without Tom a lot of people wouldn't have health insurance", Romney said in 2015.

In the Texas case, Trump could lose by winning.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled a year ago that Obamacare is no longer constitutional because the tax reform - as enacted by Republicans -eliminated the health care law's penalty for not having health insurance. These, along with over 100 million with pre-existing conditions, are at risk of losing coverage or protections afforded by the ACA.

Just a day earlier, Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff and the former White House legislative affairs director, claimed on CNN that "the President will be putting forward plans this year" to replace Obamacare through Congress.

Key aspects of President Trump's health care agenda are struggling to overcome legal challenges in the courts.

New York, 10 other states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit challenging the Association Health Plan rule. From ALReporter.com: An additional 942,000 non-elderly Alabamians have pre-existing conditions and could be denied coverage without the law's pre-existing conditions protections.

"The Association Health Plan rule opened healthcare options for dozens of associations representing thousands of small businesses and sole proprietors and provided them with access to the same type of care options offered by other employers", the spokesman continued. The judge questioned whether the requirements were compatible with Medicaid's central objective of providing "medical assistance" to low-income people.

The Trump administration says it will continue to approve state requests for work requirements, but has not indicated if it will appeal.

Bates' ruling comes after an intense week in the courts for the administration's health care policies.