The Trump Administration Won’t Defend Obamacare’s Individual Mandate In Court

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Reason.com—The Trump administration won't defend Obamacare's individual mandate to purchase health insurance in court. Instead it will argue that the mandate is unconstitutional—and so are the health law's preexisting conditions rules. It's an unusual, though not unprecedented, move. (The Obama administration, for example, declined to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.) And the mandate won't go without a defense; a coalition of blue states will represent Obamacare in court. It's also clear that the...

Obamacare Critics and Defenders Team Up Against the Trump Administration’s Refusal to Defend the Health Law in Court. Last week, in response to a legal challenge filed by Texas and a group of conservatives states, the Trump administration took an unusual step by announcing that it would not defend Obamacare in court. Instead, the Trump administration took the position that the health law's was unconstitutional, and that its preexisting conditions regulations should be struck down. The federal government's suit has drawn rebuke from some unlikely quarters. An attorney with 20 years of experience at the Justice...