U.S. Attorney General William Barr appears to be at odds with the Trump administration regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
A recent report from Fox News indicates that Barr is recommending the White House back off from its ongoing attempt to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, which is slated to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court later this year.
Though supporters of the administration’s lawsuit believe President Donald Trump rendered Obamacare unconstitutional by removing an associated penalty imposed on the uninsured, Barr is reportedly advising officials that a full repeal would be a mistake.
The latest GOP argument
Sources told Fox News that Barr is concerned about the possible political repercussions of repealing the law, which would leave many Americans looking for new insurance amid an economic and health crisis.
The current push to overturn Obamacare is the latest within a Republican Party that has frequently expressed concern over the law’s mandates.
As a recent example, the Supreme Court determined in April that the federal government owed roughly $12 billion to insurance companies as part of a “risk corridor” program attached to the Affordable Care Act.
This provision mitigated losses and limited profits among insurers offering plans created through the government portal.
Though the program was created as an incentive for private companies to provide Obamacare plans requiring coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, critics point out that it has resulted in massive losses for the federal government at the ultimate expense of taxpayers.
“Obamacare is a disaster”
Many Democrats, on the other hand, hope to see Obamacare expanded if their party is in power after Election Day. Such plans promise to provide more coverage, but attract scrutiny over the amount of debt they would likely add to the budget.
While the Department of Justice initially declined to comment on the reported discussions, Trump addressed Obamacare in comments to reporters on Wednesday by indicating that his administration had not changed its position.
“Obamacare is a disaster, but we’ve made it barely acceptable,” the president said, according to Politico.
A reported schism between the White House and Justice Department on this issue is sure to cause some heated debate within the Oval Office and beyond, especially considering how adamant many Trump supporters have been that he uphold his promise to end Obamacare.