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Senate Democrats pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit


Added 02-14-20 02:57:02pm EST - “Vulnerable Senate Democrats joined dozens of their colleagues Friday in calling on President Trump to stop helping a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that could wipe out protections for pre-existing medical conditions.” - Thehill.com

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Vulnerable Senate Democrats joined dozens of their colleagues Friday in calling on President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency NASA astronaut reunites with dog after breaking record for longest space mission by a woman Trump says his 'life would've been a lot easier' if he picked Barr over Sessions MORE to stop helping a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act that could wipe out protections for pre-existing medical conditions.

Forty-four Democrats led by Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin not ruling out endorsing Trump reelection Senate Democrats queasy over Sanders as nominee Barr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm MORE (D-W.Va.) — who has come under attack from Trump for his impeachment vote — Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenTrump under pressure to renew last nuke treaty with Russia Sanders says NH Democratic senators were wrong to back Trump's USMCA The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems wait for winner after caucus chaos MORE (D-N.H.) — who’s up for reelection in a swing state — and Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinDemocratic senators press Amazon over injury rates What the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber Dairy industry doesn't own the word 'milk' MORE (D-Wis.) wrote to Trump asking him to rein in his Department of Justice (DOJ), which supports a lawsuit in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to repeal ObamaCare.

“You could bring peace of mind to millions of Americans tomorrow by simply directing the DOJ to do its job and defend the law of the land instead of arguing against protections for people with pre-existing conditions and against access to affordable health care coverage,” the lawmakers wrote.

Notably, several Republican senators in tough reelection races, such as Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' McConnell: Trump 'ought to listen to' Barr's advice on DOJ tweets Ocasio-Cortez blasts Trump as 'corrupt' for blocking Global Entry for New Yorkers MORE (R-Maine) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerImpeachment fallout threatens to upend battle for Senate MoveOn targets vulnerable GOP senators with ad campaign following impeachment US lawmakers push WHO to recognize Taiwan as independent state as coronavirus outbreak continues MORE (R-Colo.), who in the past have voiced support for protections for those with pre-existing conditions, did not support the letter.

The Department of Justice typically defends federal laws that come under challenge, but in the case of Texas v. United States, in which several attorneys general are trying to overturn ObamaCare, the department has filed a brief on behalf of the plaintiffs.

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