Administration Hands Dems a Political Gift on Health Care

Administration Hands Dems a Political Gift on Health Care
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The Trump administration's intervention in an Obamacare lawsuit this week has handed Democrats a political gift, putting Republican candidates on the defensive about whether they, too, want to get rid of some of the law's most popular provisions.

On Thursday the Justice Department threw its support behind a lawsuit arguing that Obamacare's protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. The suit, brought by 20 states led by Republicans, argue that those protections were supposed to work in tandem with the mandate that individuals have health insurance. Because Congress is no longer enforcing the mandate, they say, insurers no longer have to sell policies to everyone regardless of medical status.

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