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The Trump administration is calling a key part of Obamacare that protects individuals with pre-existing conditions unconstitutional

It's a notable stance that means it will be up to Obamacare fans such as Democratic governors to step in and defend the Affordable Care Act against on onslaught from GOP attorneys general, who say after Congress nixed the individual mandate at the heart of the law, the rest of it should follow.

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan explaining the administration's decision, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Justice Department's "longstanding tradition" of defending the constitutionality of federal laws "if reasonable arguments can be made in their defense". But it did say Thursday that because the individual mandate is unconstitutional, so is another, more popular part of the law: protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Why they did it: Republicans have targeted the Affordable Care Act for elimination ever since it passed, and President Trump continues to promise that it will be overturned.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Thursday - before the Trump administration decision was unveiled - found health care was the top issue for all voters and that it's an issue where Democrats have an overwhelming advantage.

The provisions DOJ says should be invalidated are central to the ACA and would gut protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The court said that while this "individual mandate" exceeded Congress' power to regulate commerce, it could be upheld as an exercise of Congress' taxing power.

It is unusual for the Justice Department to refuse to defend existing law in court challenges.

Nevertheless, the Justice Department's position did not go quite as far as the Texas suit.

The legal challenge led by the state of Texas argues that these consumer protections - as well as the law's multibillion-dollar program for expanding the Medicaid safety net to poor Americans - should be scrapped because Congress a year ago repealed the penalty on Americans who don't have health coverage. The lawsuit, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, contends that without an individual mandate, the entirety of the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional.

Democrats, who were already favored going into this November's election both on the generic ballot and on health care in particular, pounced on the news of the lawsuit, predicting "serious blowback in the midterms" for Republicans.

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Crusading against the ACA has been a priority of President Donald Trump since his campaign for the White House.

"Zeroing out the individual mandate penalty should not result in striking important consumer protections", the group said. "We implore you to listen to the voices of career Justice Department lawyers, as well as concerned families, patients, doctors and hospitals that want to retain these protections, and start working with Democrats to strengthen our health care system instead of trying to tear it down", the senators said in their letter to Trump. Under another provision, the community rating provision, insurers were not allowed to set premiums based on a person's health history.

The filing was made in reaction to a lawsuit filed by Texas, 18 other states and the governor of ME, but the Administration stopped short of supporting all that those challengers are asking. "At the worst it could strip away guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions". "The brief filed by the Trump Administration yesterday represents a shocking break from precedent and relies on legally dubious, partisan claims to argue against the constitutionality of the current law".

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Dismantling the ACA could "push people into positions where they have to make decisions on whether they're going to get treatment or whether they're going to eat", said Charlie Quinn, CEO of RECAP, an Orange County nonprofit that provides social services.

"Withdrawing from a case en masse like this, right before the brief is filed, is unheard of", noted Nicholas Bagley, a former Justice Department lawyer who now teaches at the University of Michigan Law School.

The states' challenge to the overall ACA has been pending since February in the Fort Worth court of U.S. District Judge Reed C. O'Connor.

Ironically, the existence of that financial penalty in the law was what had saved the individual insurance mandate from being struck down by the Supreme Court six years ago. "Removing those provisions will result in renewed uncertainty in the individual market, create a patchwork of requirements in the states, cause rates to go even higher for older Americans and sicker patients, and make it challenging to introduce products and rates for 2019", Matt Eyles, AHIP's president and CEO, said Friday in a statement.

The Texas case will be decided first by O'Connor, a conservative appointee of President George W. Bush.

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