Judge blocks Trump’s small-business health insurance plan

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The administration on Monday told the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that it agrees with a lower court ruling that the entire 2010 health law should be struck down.

Under the rule, businesses and individuals can team up to create group health plans that offer less expensive coverage without complying with numerous requirements of the Affordable Care Act. I imagine Trump will tell us why the Republican plan will cost less than Obamacare: "Mexico will pay for it".

Health care is back in the spotlight in Washington this week after the Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Romney, R-Utah, is familiar with health care having passed a program as governor of MA that became a precursor to "Obamacare". In the biggest case, a federal judge in Texas ruled past year that the ACA is unconstitutional.

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Vermont Senator and potential 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders weighed-in over the weekend on President Trump's recent push to repeal and replace Obamacare; saying the White House's latest proposal would result in the deaths of "thousands of people".

Rules allowing association health plans began going into effect less than six months ago, and according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which studies trends in health care, only a few plans have been announced. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is now pitching in on helping the Trump administration come up with an Affordable Care Act replacement.

U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, D.C., last week blocked Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas approved by the Trump administration.

U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates last week struck down the administration's health plans for small business and sole proprietors, which allowed less generous benefits than required by the ACA. (This flies in the face of the government's obligation to defend the statutes passed by Congress, but that's a matter for others to comment about.) Donald Trump said that the Republicans would present a health care plan that would be better than Obamacare, and cost less.

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