Trump administration says it won't defend key provisions in Obamacare

Posted at 6:55 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 22:27:32-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The Trump administration won’t defend provisions of Obamacare, saying in a legal filing that parts of the act should be invalidated and the individual mandate is unconstitutional, according to CNN.

The filing came in a lawsuit brought by the state of Texas and a coalition of other states that filed the suit in the United States District Court.

The states argue that after Congress eliminated the penalty for the individual mandate, it destabilized other sections of the law.

The provisions the DOJ says should be invalidated are central to the act, according to CNN. If invalidated, those with protections for pre-existing conditions would no longer be protected.

While the provisions provide protections for people with pre-existing conditions, they have also driven up the cost for those who are young and healthy.

"The US Supreme Court already admitted that an individual mandate without a tax penalty is unconstitutional. With no remaining legitimate basis for the law, it is time that Americans are finally free from the stranglehold of Obamacare, once and for all,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.