By Carlos Barria/Reuters News
The Trump administration has lost its second Obamacare legal battle this week just as the president has revved up efforts to eliminate the 2010 healthcare law, Politico reports.
A federal judge in Washington ruled late Thursday that the administration’s attempt to expand availability of health-care plans that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act is a deliberate and illegal “end run” around the federal health-care law. According to Politico, the ruling addressed insurance called the “Association Health Plans,” which cost less than many Obamacare plans but can also provide fewer health benefits. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Bates came just one day after another federal judge rejected the Trump administration’s support of work requirements for those on Medicaid, concluding that the new rules in Kentucky and Arkansas violate the program’s goal of providing low-income Americans with health coverage.