Accessibility links

Breaking News

Trump Administration Wants All of 'Obamacare' Struck Down

FILE - A man walks by a health care insurance office advertising the Affordable Care Act, also known as 'Obamacare,' in Hialeah, Florida, July 27, 2017.

The Trump administration says it wants the entire Affordable Care Act, known as ‘Obamacare,’ struck down.

In a filing Monday with a federal appeals court in New Orleans, the administration said the entire law should be struck as unconstitutional. It's rare for the Justice Department to decline to defend a federal law.

Previously, President Donald Trump's administration had called only for parts of the law to go.

Millions of people benefit from the ACA's taxpayer-subsidized private insurance plans, but enrollment is declining.

The Justice Department is expected to elaborate on its position in a brief. In a letter, it said the appeals court should affirm a December decision by a federal judge in Texas. The judge ruled that Congress' elimination of penalties for not buying health insurance rendered the law unconstitutional.