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Trump administration wants all of ‘Obamacare’ struck down


President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks about border security in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. Trump issued the first veto of his presidency, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) The Trump administration says it wants the entire Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, struck down.
In a filing Monday with a federal appeals court in New Orleans, the administration said the entire law should be struck as unconstitutional. It’s rare for the Justice Department to decline to defend a federal law.
Previously, President Donald Trump’s administration had called only for parts of the law to go.
Millions of people benefit from the ACA’s taxpayer-subsidized private insurance plans, but enrollment is declining.
The Justice Department is expected to elaborate on its position in a brief. In a letter, it said the appeals court should affirm a December decision by a federal judge in Texas. The judge ruled that Congress’ elimination of penalties for not buying health insurance rendered the law unconstitutional.

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