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The Trump administration formally asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn the Affordable Care Act, AP reports.

Why it matters: Nearly 20 million Americans could lose health care coverage and protections for those with pre-existing conditions if the court rules to overturn ACA.

  • Nearly half a million people who lost their health insurance during the economic shutdown during the pandemic were able to get coverage through HealthCare.gov, per AP.

What they're saying

  • Texas and other conservative-led states argue the ACA is unconstitutional after Congress passed tax legislation in 2017 that removed fines for not having health insurance but still requires all Americans to have coverage.
  • The Trump administration's legal brief does not mention the coronavirus.

What's next: The court will likely hear the arguments in the fall.

Go deeper: The political risk of overturning the ACA

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Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick on Saturday

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he plans to announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday. He later told reporters that the announcement will come at 5 p.m.

Why it matters: Republicans are moving fast to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which would tilt the balance of the high court in conservatives' favor and have lasting impact on climate policy, immigration and the Affordable Care Act.

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Republicans condemn Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power

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A number of prominent Republican lawmakers addressed President Trump's refusal on Wednesday to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses November's presidential election.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted, "The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792."

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