President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration still plans to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare, despite being in the midst of a global health crisis.

“Obamacare is a disaster, but we’ve made it barely acceptable,” Trump said.

The administration’s decision comes despite a warning from Attorney General William Barr this week about the potential political consequences of challenging the Affordable Care Act during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Supreme Court will likely hear the case in its next term that begins in October, though no arguments have been scheduled yet.


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Obamacare has covered about 20 million people, and many are expected to enroll due to the pandemic causing them to lose their health insurance benefits.

In a filing to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, House Democrats argued that the pandemic highlighted the importance of the law.

“Although Congress may not have enacted the ACA with the specific purpose of combatting a pandemic, the nation’s current public-health emergency has made it impossible to deny that broad access to affordable health care is not just a life-or-death matter for millions of Americans, but an indispensable precondition to the social intercourse on which our security, welfare, and liberty ultimately depend,” their brief read.


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