The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear its blockbuster clash over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 10, a week after an election in which Democrats are seeking to make health care a central focus.
The justices plan to review a federal appeals court decision that found part of the original 2010 Obamacare law unconstitutional and left doubt about the rest of it. President Donald Trump’s administration is urging the court to say that the law, including its protections for people with pre-existing conditions, is invalid.
The argument timing could limit the attention on the case in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election. Although Trump has said he will protect people with pre-existing conditions, he has yet to propose a replacement should the court strike down Obamacare.
Democrats say overturning the law would be especially devastating during the Covid-19 pandemic, with millions of people out of work and at risk of losing their employer health insurance.
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