The Trump administration on Monday backed a judge’s decision to scrap the entire Affordable Care Act, a reversal from their previous stance of supporting a piecemeal repeal of the law.
The Justice Department said in a letter to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that they agree with a ruling from a Texas judge who declared that Obamacare should be struck down after Congress voted to eliminate the individual insurance mandate penalty.
“The Department of Justice has determined that the district court’s judgment should be affirmed,” lawyers for the Justice Department wrote in the letter. “[T]he United States is not urging that any portion of the district court’s judgment be reversed.”
The Trump administration has previously argued that parts of the law could stand, but others should be repealed.
Under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ leadership, the Justice Department held the position that the protections for people with pre-existing conditions should be struck down, but the rest of the law could stand.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, quickly denounced the letter in a statement on Monday night.
“While the Trump Administration broadens its monstrous ambitions from destroying protections for pre-existing conditions to tearing down every last benefit and protection the Affordable Care Act provides, Democrats are fiercely defending the law of the land and protecting all Americans’ health care,” she wrote.