Friday, June 26, 2020

Trump Administration Files Supreme Court Brief To End Obamacare Amid COVID-19 Crisis. (Huffington Post)

This is so wrong in the midst of a global pandemic, trying to yank health insurance from millions.

Dirty rotten scoundrel trick by U.S. Attorney General WILLIAM PELHAM BARR, the henchman of sadistic satrap "President*" DONALD JOHN TRUMP.

Of course, by law, the Federal Courts are always open, and filings are made electronically 24/7 by lawyers every day.

28 U.S. Code § 452.Courts always open; powers unrestricted by expiration of sessions

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All courts of the United States shall be deemed always open for the purpose of filing proper papers, issuing and returning process, and making motions and orders.
The continued existence or expiration of a session of a court in no way affects the power of the court to do any act or take any proceeding.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 646, 62 Stat. 907Pub. L. 88–139, § 2Oct. 16, 196377 Stat. 248.)

See, also, F.R.Civ. P. Rule 77, although the Supreme Court Clerk's office closed at 5 PM.

But I do believe that perhaps the late-night Supreme Court filing was to avoid scrutiny.

Nice try, ace.

From Huffington Post:

 Updated 5 hours ago

Trump Administration Files Supreme Court Brief To End Obamacare Amid COVID-19 Crisis

The late-night move, taken as coronavirus cases reach record levels, threatens the health insurance of millions of Americans.

The Trump administration filed a brief Thursday night calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act — which allows millions of Americans to get health insurance coverage — just as the nation smashed a record for new COVID-19 cases in a single day.
Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued in a brief that because Congress in 2017 invalidated the law’s individual coverage mandate — by dropping a tax penalty for those without health insurance — the “entire ACA thus must fall.”
The court is scheduled to hear arguments later this year, but a decision might not come until 2021. The move threatens health care coverage for more than 20 million Americans.
Democrats were appalled. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed the action to “rip away” health care protections in the “dead of night” and in the “middle of a pandemic.”
“If President Trump gets his way, 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will lose the ACA’s lifesaving protections and 23 million Americans will lose their health coverage entirely,” Pelosi said in a statement. “There is no legal justification and no moral excuse for the Trump Administration’s disastrous efforts to take away Americans’ health care.”
Thousands of more Americans have turned to the ACA for health care coverage after losing their jobs amid the pandemic — and COVID-19 cases are surging. Across the nation, 38,115 new infections were reported by state health departments Wednesday. The previous single-day record of 34,203 was set on April 25. 
The Trump administration brief was filed in support of a challenge to the ACA by a coalition of Republican governors.
Trump renewed his pledge last month to jettison Obamacare even amid the COVID-19 crisis and despite warnings from aides about angering voters.
As new COVID-19 cases were breaking records and the American death toll was ticking toward 125,000, Trump boasted in a tweet Thursday night about how well the U.S. was doing.

Coronavirus deaths are way down. Mortality rate is one of the lowest in the World. Our Economy is roaring back and will NOT be shut down. “Embers” or flare ups will be put out, as necessary!

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