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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
BREAKING: The biggest health care news of the year. The Trump DOJ tonight just told the courts to dismantle pre-existing conditions protections and other consumer protections. This may seem predictable, but these actions are unprecedented. More coming. Follow if interested.
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Before I get into it, I have to stop and just repeat this another way: The DOJ, responsible for upholding the rule of law, is not defending the people in a frivolous lawsuit to say that wi5out the mandate, the rest of the ACA can’t be enforced. 2/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
This collusion between the conservative plaintiffs and the “defense” would make pre-ex protections and age rating protections unconstitutional. In an active of savage cynicism, the Trump Administration doesn’t want this to go into effect until after the election. 3/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
On the phone now with experts. Give me a minute. 4/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
I am going got try to cover what happened and what is likely to happen next. A gift for insurance companies and the infliction of harm on the lives of 130 million Americans w pre ex conditions or older Americans. So what happened... 5/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Two really destructive instincts have combined: a desire to turn back the ACA and hurt the millions who benefit from it (not through the exchanges but through the protections) AND an unprecedented move by the Justice Dept. not to defend the rule of law in a frivolous case. 6/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
FOR AMERICANS WITH PRE EXISTING CONDITIONS: This is game on that the Administration is against you. Same if you ever may get sick. (Excuse all CAPS for looking like I’m yelling. But I’m literally in a restaurant in DC and feel like I should probably be yelling.) 7/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @nicholas_bagley
Legally, this is the justice department laying down and refusing to do their jobs for political reasons. Three career Justice Department officials quit the case today, presumably in protest. Amazing. Unbelievable details c/o 7/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
So what happens now: it is up to other states (who filed tonight) to do what the Federal government wouldn’t— and argue on behalf of the public. 8/
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Andy Slavitt
Experts tell me the following. Frivolous lawsuit will attract every conservative lawyer to get this o the Supreme Court. Even though conservative experts point out how frivolous this is. 9/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
There are chances this ends up past the crazy judge who has the case now, the 5th(?) circuit and on the Lap of Chief Justice Roberts. Only imagine a USOC case with the Solicitor in cohorts with the defendant. Sound unprecedented? Probably why career lawyers walked out. 10/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
This could hit the Supreme Court in 2019 earliest or more likely . . . 2020. And who knows what the make up of the court is by then? If Trump us a chance to replace a liberal judge, it may even be out of Roberts hands. 11/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
More important than ever... -A loud public outcry -Educate the public what could happen after the election -Support for states preventing this -A Dem Senate for the USOC -A press and an electorate that makes every R who voted to eliminate the mandate account for this 12/
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Andy Slavitt 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
I will close with this: people who care about public health don’t do this. People who care about the rule of law don’t do this. The people responsible must come to regret it when they face the electorate. /end for now— I’m not going anywhere.
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Robin I. 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Thank you Andy, as the mother of a 12 year old with a preexisting condition, I appreciate your vigilance.
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Robin I. 7 Jun 18
do you have a pre existing condition?
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Katie 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Republicans really are working hard to make sure as many Americans die as possible. This is no longer hyperbole. My god.
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Kat 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt @GOP
The is the death squad they've been talking about for years.
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Matt the Big Bicep(Tember) Pikachu 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Frivolous: Not having any serious purpose or value. In other words, as scary as this sounds, the odds are high that this not only will this fail, but it'll blow up in the GOPs face in the midterms.
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Enough Is Enough 7 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Depending on the judge hearing the case. And don't forget, Trump has been [a[cking the bench with as many RW judges as he can. Esp. Appellate courts
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Matt the Big Bicep(Tember) Pikachu 7 Jun 18
Which is why the people of the U.S. must increase the uproar and outrage and tell the GOP that if you take away our healthcare, we'll take away your jobs in the midterms this November.
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Enough Is Enough 8 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Absolutely. And in the meantime ... keep up the pressure on your representatives. I live in a red state (KS) - I can almost feel the eye-roll every time they listen to my VM messages and read my emails. Gosh ... I hope the eye strain doesn't become a permanent PE condition.
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Sugaree🇺🇸🐰 8 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Read some of the complaint, which actually includes arguments about why individual mandate was/is so essential to . So essential that we must get rid of the entirety of the law now that Congress, in its infinite stupidity, eliminated it. Ugh. Utter lunacy.
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🦋#Activism RN🦋 7 Jun 18
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ACP 8 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Can you point me in the direction of the case? I'm sorry, im having a hard time following. I don't even know what case to look for
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laura meier 9 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
As one (of many no doubt) I can't say I didnt see this as another abomination coming. Yes. It is beyond "frivolous". Is worrisome. But
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Marc Colarelli 10 Jun 18
Replying to @ASlavitt
Where's my lawyer Andy? Do you want to nail them? Want to know how dark they really are? I'm in Panama City now being refused and stymied for even subsistence. Literally dying after being tortured, knocked out and brutalized. No where to get justice. Silenced in Panama City, FL.
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