Biden set to deliver Obamacare speech as Supreme Court weighs law's future
November 10, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President-elect Joe Biden, who campaigned on a promise to keep and build on Obamacare, is set to deliver a health care-focused speech Tuesday as the Supreme Court hears a case that could overturn the law.
(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden, who campaigned on a promise to keep and build on Obamacare, is set to deliver a health care-focused speech Tuesday as the Supreme Court hears a case that could overturn the law.
The speech comes the day Supreme Court justices are hearing oral arguments in the case that seeks to overturn the landmark health reform law.
President Donald Trump's administration is seeking to undo former President Barack Obama's signature health law.
And even with Biden set to take office on January 20, there is little he can do to stop the lawsuit: Even if his administration switches sides and argues in favor of Obamacare, the case was brought by a coalition of Republican attorneys general.
During the Democratic primary, he argued for expanding the law by adding a "public option" that would allow Americans to buy into a Medicare-like program, and for tweaks that would lower the maximum out-of-pocket costs of health insurance plans sold on Obamacare's exchanges.
Trump and the GOP in late 2017 did enact a tax law that undid Obamacare's individual mandate requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance.
Trump's administration later joined several Republican-led states who argued in court that the individual mandate was the linchpin of the Affordable Care Act, and that -- with it now undone -- the entire law should be invalidated.
Tuesday's speech comes as Biden's transition becomes more contentious, with Trump refusing to concede and making a series of baseless claims that seek to undermine the legitimacy of the election.