Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderGOP senator: DOJ’s ObamaCare argument ‘as far-fetched as any I’ve ever heard’ Ivanka Trump to press Senate on vocational training bill Democrats seize on DOJ’s ObamaCare decision ahead of midterms MORE (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, called the Trump administration’s argument against ObamaCare in a court case “as far-fetched as any I’ve ever heard.” The Justice Department (DOJ) wrote in a filing Friday that it would not defend ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, siding in large part with a challenge to the law brought by a coalition of Republican-led states. Alexander said it wasn’t the intent to take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions when the mandate penalty was repealed late last year. “There’s no way Congress is going to repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions who want to buy health insurance. The Justice Department argument in the Texas case is as far-fetched as any I’ve ever heard,” Alexander said in a statement late Tuesday evening. “Congress specifically repealed the individual mandate penalty, but I didn’t hear a single senator say that they also thought they were repealing protections for people with pre-existing conditions.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator: DOJ’s… Read full this story
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