Joe Biden is urging the Trump administration to withdraw the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act in order to cope with the coronavirus outbreak.
“At a time of national emergency, which is laying bare the existing vulnerabilities in our public health infrastructure, it is unconscionable that you are continuing to pursue a lawsuit designed to strip millions of Americans of their health insurance and protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the ban on insurers denying coverage or raising premiums due to pre-existing conditions,” the former vice president said in a letter to the president, Axios reported.
According to Biden, the lawsuit should not go through while the entire nation is “anxious and afraid about the impact the deadly COVID-19 pandemic is already having on their lives, their families, and their ability to pay their bills.”
Biden’s letter comes on the 10th anniversary of then-President Obama signing the ACA into law, and the same month that the Supreme Court announced it will hear the challenge later this year, possibly either just before or slightly after November’s presidential election, The Hill reported.
Trump on Sunday defended the ongoing lawsuit, which seeks to undo the entire law, including its protections for people with preexisting conditions, telling reporters, “What we want to do is get rid of the bad health care and put in great health care.”