The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn the “Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care.”
The non-binding resolution, H Res 271, starts by outlining a legal battle that began on February 26, 2018 when “18 State attorneys general and 2 governors filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas” claiming that the requirement “to maintain minimum essential coverage is unconstitutional” and that the entire law should be invalidated. In December the judge found that the requirement was unconstitutional. Afterwards, the case was appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In March the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a letter stating its support for the judge’s finding.
The House of Representatives voted 240-186 to state that “the actions taken by the Trump Administration seeking the invalidation of the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and later the invalidation of the entire ACA, are an an unacceptable assault on the health care of the American people.” The resolution also stated that the DOJ should stop “efforts to destroy Americans’ access to affordable health care” and also reverse its position in the Texas case.