Here we go again.
Courtesy of Politico:
The latest bid to kill Obamacare begins Wednesday, when lawyers from 20 states march into a federal courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas, seeking to end the health law immediately.
Attorneys general from mostly conservative states will try to pick up where the GOP-led Congress left off, seeking a permanent injunction halting enforcement of the law. They argue that because Congress gutted the individual mandate — zeroing out the penalty for not having coverage starting next year — the rest of the law needs to go as well.
Numerous legal experts have deemed the argument a stretch, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions has thrown the Trump administration’s weight behind key parts of the assault — with Sessions notably opposing the law’s popular protection for people with pre-existing conditions.
An injunction is unlikely, but these first oral arguments will serve as an overture for a high-profile court battle that could reach the Supreme Court. And the hearing comes on the same day the Senate Judiciary Committee weighs the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for what could be the eventual deciding vote on the high court. Democrats have portrayed the acrimonious nomination fight partly as a referendum on the future of Obamacare, predicting Kavanaugh would join with conservative justices to dismantle it.
I know I sound like a broken record but this is yet another important reason why Democrats need to show up in huge numbers for this 2018 midterm election.
If we can at least get the House we can start working to make some improvements to the existing Affordable Care bill, and then if we hold onto that majority in 2020, possibly pick up the Senate, and definitely take the White House, we can get a workable, hopefully single-payer, health care plan in place that the Republicans cannot yank out from under us in the future.
The mantra for the next handful of months should be “Turnout, turnout, turnout.”