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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