Court Blocks Trump's "End Run" Around Obamacare

Court Blocks Trump's

President Donald Trump's health care agenda keeps running aground, again and again, in the courts.

The Trump administration, unable to repeal "Obamacare" in Congress, has tried to use its rule-making powers to open up a pathway for alternatives.

New York, 10 other states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit challenging the Association Health Plan rule. Another judge on Wednesday struck down efforts in Kentucky and Arkansas to place work requirements on some Medicaid enrollees.

Under the rule, businesses and individuals can team up to create group health plans that offer less expensive coverage without complying with numerous requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Trump, a Republican, has eagerly talked up the plans, saying they're doing record business by offering "tremendous health care at very small cost".

Proponents say the plans are attractive to middle-class Americans who may not qualify for federal Obamacare health insurance subsidies.

A separate Trump administration rule expanding the duration of another type of health plan that bypasses the law's requirements, short-term insurance plans, also faces a lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit.

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President Donald Trump has hailed the small-business plans as a big success, but their impact is hard to measure.

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Bates was nominated to the federal bench by then-President George W. Bush, a Republican.

Bates' ruling comes after an intense week in the courts for the administration's health care policies.

Trump has made a sharp turn back to health care this week, with the administration joining the side of Texas and other GOP-led states seeking to completely overturn "Obamacare" as unconstitutional.

The Trump administration's plan "unreasonably expands the definition of "employers" to include groups without any real commonality of interest and to bring working owners without employees within ERISA's scope despite Congress's clear intent that ERISA cover benefits arising out of employment relationships", Bates wrote.

At first, Trump and the GOP set out to repeal and replace Obamacare.