It was a good thing that Donald Trump has become used to being sued. Once again, he is facing yet one more. This time four cities have come at him hard.
Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, and Cincinnati filed a lawsuit in Maryland federal court against POTUS. They claim that Trump’s orders increased the cost of health care and caused a decline in the people enrolled.
The lawsuit said that the president violated Article II in the Constitution. The suit stated that the commander-in-chief violated the specific part of the Constitution where he must “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” According to NBC News, Trump:
‘Waged a relentless effort to use executive action alone to undermine and, ultimately, eliminate the law.’
Trump tweeted that the “Individual Mandate is gone:”
‘….We had Repeal & Replace done (and the saving to our country of one trillion dollars) except for one person, but it is getting done anyway. Individual Mandate is gone and great, less expensive plans will be announced this month. Drug prices coming down & Right to Try!’
Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, commented:
‘There’s a clear case of premeditated destruction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA/ObamaCare).’
Trump’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar rolled out a cheaper, shorter insurance program. Critics have claimed that will make ObamaCare more expensive.
In another tweet, the president said “let ObamaCare implode:”
‘3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!’
The president just called the Rush Limbaugh radio show saying:
‘I have just about ended Obamacare (sic). We have great health care. We have a lot of great things happening right now. New programs are coming out.’
POTUS called the existing plan a “broken mess:”
‘ObamaCare is a broken mess. Piece by piece we will now begin the process of giving America the great HealthCare it deserves!’
Yale University law professor and Article II expert, Abbe Gluck, said this lawsuit was a first:
‘That’s what makes this case novel, first of its kind and really important. No scholar or court has ever said the president can use his discretion to implement a statute to purposely destroy it. If there’s ever going to be a violation of the ‘take care’ clause, this is it.’
According to the suit, the four cities want to reverse:
‘Allowing exchanges to strip individuals of tax credits without notification; reducing oversight of insurance agents and brokers as well as oversight of the law in general.’
Trump tweeted “let ObamaCare fail:”
‘As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!’
Senior counsel at Democracy Forward and lead litigator, of the lawsuit, Adam Grogg, said that the health care market became more unstable in direct correlation to the declining number of people enrolled:
‘What’s insidious here is the administration is doing it knowing that confidence in the act is key to its success. The overall picture here is one of sabotage that drives up the rates of uninsured and understand and leaves cities and counties holding the bag.’
To read the entire lawsuit, click on this link.
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