The president is hoping the courts do what Congress could not: scrap the Affordable Care Act -- all of it.
The administration is siding with a federal judge in Texas to toss the whole thing out. It's before an appeals court now, and the president said today he's feeling pretty good.
“We think it will be upheld and we think it will do very well in the Supreme Court,” President Trump said today to reporters in the Oval Office. The President says his administration is working on plans to come up with something “that’s far better than Obamacare.”
“No, I don't believe him. I think that the ACA was a first step and certainly don't think it's perfect and there are things that we can do to improve it,” says Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nevada, who represents our 3rd district. She joined me in our regular conversation with our DC Delegation called “Connect to Congress.”
It was a Connect To Congress “two-fer”: after Congresswoman Lee, Democrat Steven Horsford, who represents our 4th District, stepped in front of the camera from the US Capitol.
Health care, and the administration’s effort to undo the Affordable Care Act, was the topic of our discussion.
“Any attempt by this administration to defund or sabotage the ACA simply is wrong and we are going to fight him every step of the way,” Horsford told me.
Nevada is joining 20 other states filing a brief before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to preserve the Affordable Care Act.
Tuesday Democrats, who control the US House, unveiled their own health care plan.
It does a few things:
“Well first, it protects individuals with preexisting conditions,” Horsford says, adding, “secondly, it shores up the health exchanges.”
That's the online marketplace to buy insurance. In some rural Nevada counties, there's only one provider.
In going after the ACA, the president is fulfilling one of his promises, and he has his fans who say Obamacare inserts too much government control into health care. They also say, under the ACA, their premiums have risen.
“It dug in my pocketbook deeper,” said local resident Richard Powell, whom I met Tuesday.
But Democrats say Obamacare has helped: in Nevada, protecting 1.2 million people with preexisting conditions and bringing coverage to 212,000 low-income residents.
Congresswoman Lee says it's time to stop fighting it, and start fixing it.
“What I would like to see more is rather than threaten to tear it apart is bring us to the table and have some serious bipartisan conversations about how we can solve some of those sticky problems,” she says.