Justice Department takes aim at heart of health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says in a court filing that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions.

The decision, announced Thursday in a filing in a federal court in Texas, is a rare departure from the Justice Department’s practice of defending federal laws in court. Texas and other Republican-led states are suing to strike down the entire law because Congress recently repealed a provision that people without health insurance must pay a fine. The repeal takes effect next year.

Texas says without the fine in place the requirement to have health insurance is unconstitutional and the entire law should be struck down as a result.

This article provided by NewsEdge.