Trump administration seeks to dismiss cities' ACA lawsuit

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Washington. Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Washington.

December 27, 2018 10:40 AM

The Trump administration is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by several cities for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.

The Daily Record reports that the defendants argued in a motion filed Monday that the dispute is a political disagreement outside federal court's jurisdiction.

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The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore in August on behalf of Baltimore, Chicago and Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. A Charlottesville, Virginia, couple is also part of the lawsuit. The complaint asserts the administration is trying to discourage enrollment and reduce choices, and will destabilize the health insurance marketplace.


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The complaint accuses the president of violating a clause requiring the faithful execution of laws, but the defendants argue the court can't instruct the president how to perform official duties.

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