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Trump wants to cancel health insurance to millions of Americans

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 26, 2020
The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacare, which has provided health insurance to millions of Americans.
Insurance   Obamacare
Government lawyers said the act became invalid when the previous Republican Congress axed parts of it.

Topics: Trump

Democratic challenger Joe Biden attacked the move, saying Mr Trump had put millions of lives at risk during the coronavirus pandemic.

Health care will be a key battleground in the November presidential election.

Some 20 million Americans could lose their health coverage if the court overturns the Affordable Care Act, which was introduced by Donald Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

Mr Trump says the scheme costs too much and has promised a different plan to replace it, preserving some popular elements of the existing law but covering fewer people.

Under the act, millions of people in the United States must purchase health insurance or face a tax penalty.

In its filing to the Supreme Court late on Thursday, the justice department argued "the individual mandate is not severable from the rest of the act".

Biden, who wants to rally the public behind an expanded Affordable Care Act, said some coronavirus survivors could lose their comprehensive healthcare coverage if the act was overturned.

"They would live their lives caught in a vice between Donald Trump's twin legacies: his failure to protect the American people from the coronavirus, and his heartless crusade to take healthcare protections away from American families," Mr Biden said.