New Orleans, La. (WEEK) – Two Republican-appointed judges suggested Tuesday they might side with a lower court judge who said last year that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety.
The judges represent a majority of the three-judge appeals panel hearing a Trump-backed challenge to Obamacare. This particular case involves a Texas challenge to the law.
Robert Henneke of the Texas Public Policy Foundation commented on the hearing.
“I think it was clear the argument today the fifth circuit found persuasive that Obamacare is unconstitutional,” said Henneke. “Going back to the original Supreme Court pronouncement, it is unconstitutional to mandate that people have to be forced to buy what the federal government tells them to do so.”
President Trump has said he wants to replace the Affordable Care Act with a plan to ensure protections for those with pre-existing conditions, but he hasn’t given specifics.
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) says many families would suffer without the Affordable Care Act.
“If you have cancer, the insurance companies could go back and say you know what we’re not going to provide you health insurance. Or if they do, they’re going to say well we’re not going to cover your chemo therapy,” said Duckworth. We simply cannot afford to go back to the bad old days when insurance companies were telling us what we could and could not have in terms of our healthcare.”
Duckworth says she is shocked Republicans are supporting the President’s effort to cut health insurance. We have asked Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) to comment on the lawsuit, but have not heard back at this time.