Trump Asks SCOTUS To Hold Off Ruling On Obamacare Until After Election
President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is hoping the Supreme Court will agree to withhold judgment in a case involving the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, until after the 2020 election, according to The Washington Examiner.
Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote in a letter to the court last week that Democratic states urging the Supreme Court to decide the case are stepping out of line, because it has yet to be resolved by the lower courts.
Those states have argued that the “law remains too much in limbo for patients and healthcare providers,” The Examiner reported, but the Trump administration countered that lower court decisions have created "no present, real-world emergency."
If the high court sides with Trump’s Justice Department, the president and Republicans will be spared the possibility of Obamacare being overturned and a replacement made all the more urgent mid-campaign season.
A decision landing just before the election “would allow Democrats to draw attention away from proposals such as "Medicare for all" and toward the future of Obamacare, a topic that has proven politically advantageous for Democrats in the Trump era,” The Examiner noted.
Officials from Republican-controlled states, who believe the law should be struck down in full after “the 2017 GOP tax overhaul zeroed out the healthcare law's fine on the uninsured,” also wrote a letter to the Supreme Court, agreeing with the Justice Department.
"There may come a day when this court’s review is appropriate," they wrote, but only after the case has made its way through the lower courts.