Insurers, AGs Say Uphold the ACA
Health insurance carriers and state attorneys general urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lower court ruling that invalidated the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They argue tossing out the ACA would send the nation’s healthcare system spiraling into disarray. A coalition of state attorneys general argued the lower court erred in finding the ACA unconstitutional.
“This court can be confident that Congress did not intend for an alteration of one subsection to spell the demise of the entire ACA, because Congress understood that the ACA’s many other provisions were indispensable to the maintenance of public health in this country,” the attorneys general brief said.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association filed a brief that says tossing out the mandate penalties has not stopped the ACA from working in the individual marketplace. A central question in the case is whether tossing out the penalties could be separated from the larger health care law. The case will be heard in the court’s next term, which begins in October and coincides with the run-up to the November elections. The Trump administration has sided with those attempting to invalidate the law.