Bloomberg Law
Oct. 30, 2020, 9:47 AM

Covid Relief Laws Hint Congress Aimed to Keep Obamacare Alive

Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler

Republicans may have hurt their own legal case against Obamacare by repeatedly expanding on and amending the signature health law since 2017, most recently in their response to Covid-19.

Relief legislation passed by the GOP-led Congress leveraged the Affordable Care Act’s framework to require health insurance companies to cover Covid-19 testing and vaccines. And a 2019 budget bill repealed three major taxes created by the law.

Those actions provide persuasive evidence in the high court fight threatening the health coverage of millions that Congress never intended to toss out the ACA in its entirety, some health law scholars say.

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