A flaw in this cynical calculation is that Republicans can not prevent Democrats from attacking them over health care by abandoning the issue; if that strategy worked, the 2018 elections would have gone very differently.
"These association health plans, the number of people that are signing up for them is pretty big", Wyoming Republican Sen.
Bates' ruling comes after an intense week in the courts for the administration's health care policies. On Monday, the Justice Department said in a letter to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that the entire ACA should be invalidated. The Trump administration is working to repeal the law.
Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo in NY.
On This Week, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Mulvaney whether he could provide such a guarantee for the millions of people who enrolled through HealthCare.gov, including those with pre-existing conditions and the people under the age of 26 enrolled under their parents' plans. All sides expect the case to go to the Supreme Court, which has twice before upheld the ACA.
President Donald Trump received a blow on Tuesday when a federal judge struck down strict Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas. The judge questioned whether the requirements were compatible with Medicaid's central objective of providing "medical assistance" to low-income people.
Also facing challenges in courts around the country are an administration regulation that bars federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions and a rule that allows employers with religious and moral objections to opt out of offering free birth control to women workers as a preventive care service.