The Trump administration filed a brief in the Supreme Court late Thursday night claiming that the “entire [Affordable Care Act] must fall” in the middle of a pandemic that has killed more than 120,000 people in the United States and sickened more than 2 million.
If the administration succeeds in its effort to kill Obamacare, approximately 23 million Americans will lose health coverage — and that number is likely to grow as the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic pushes more and more Americans out of work.
The plaintiffs in this case include a bloc of red states and two individuals. The United States is actually the defendant in this lawsuit, but the Trump administration refused to defend the Affordable Care Act and instead cast its lot with the plaintiffs. The Court plans to hear this case in the fall.