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Capitol Correspondence - 08.20.18

Date Set for Texas Lawsuit to End Obamacare

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According to Politico Pro: “Oral arguments in a 20-state lawsuit challenging Obamacare have been rescheduled for Sept. 5, which means they’ll occur at the same time as confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The Texas federal judge handling the case had originally scheduled arguments for Sept. 10, but the attorney for one of the parties in the case asked for a change because the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah falls on that date. ”

Politico shares more details on the case and its history:

“The case was filed in February by 20 Republican state attorneys general. They’re seeking a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the federal health care law.

The Trump administration has partly sided with the plaintiffs in seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s insurance protections, including the prohibition on denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

The lawsuit is certain to factor in the mid-term elections. Democrats have already pilloried Republicans for trying to eliminate one of the most popular provisions of Obamacare. Polling shows widespread support for pre-existing condition protections across party lines.

The arguments are scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Reed O’Connor.”