"The Association Health Plan rule opened healthcare options for dozens of associations representing thousands of small businesses and sole proprietors and provided them with access to the same type of care options offered by other employers", the spokesman continued.
The department asked the court to affirm an earlier ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas that a 2017 change in federal tax law eliminating the penalty on uninsured people invalidated the ACA. "Who knew health care could be so complicated?".
The administration said it disagrees but hasn't formally announced an appeal.
New York, 10 other states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit challenging the Association Health Plan rule.
"By the time these cases get through the courts there simply isn't going to be time for the administration to straighten out any messes that get created, much less get a comprehensive plan through Congress", added Jost, who supports the ACA.More news: Miami Open predictions betting preview day 10 tipsheet isner v auger aliassime
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Health care is back in the spotlight in Washington this week after the Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
The White House has yet to decide whether it will take the lead on crafting an Obamacare replacement, they said, or whether the President will punt to Republican lawmakers.
Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the third senator Trump name-checked, spoke with Trump about health care on Wednesday morning, but his staff said they did not have anything to share at the moment when asked about the specific working group. He favors cost-sharing insurance policies and health savings accounts.
Bates' ruling comes after an intense week in the courts for the administration's health care policies.
According to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the administration has a "plan B" to protect people with pre-existing conditions if the court strikes down the entire health care law.