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Four Cities Sue Trump Administration for Allegedly Undermining the Affordable Care Act

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Four cities filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, claiming the president is intentionally undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and violating a Constitutional duty to faithfully execute existing law. “Having failed to persuade Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and his Administration are waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law,” read the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland by the cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH.

The suit claims the administration’s undermining of the ACA violates the Take Care Clause and the Administrative Procedure Act and should be declared unlawful and stopped. The cities offer a number of complaints about the administration’s tactics to limit the ACA’s effectiveness by making it more difficult to obtain coverage through exchanges, including that it has led to an upward trend of the uninsured rate, which had dipped to an all-time low of 9.1% in 2015 .

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, are also named as codefendants with the president in the 130-page suit.

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