President Donald Trump will urge Congress to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision that found his healthcare law unconstitutional.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R, Wis.), Trump said the decision would “create a great deal of uncertainty for many Americans, including those who currently have health insurance and those who are eligible for Medicaid.”
The letter was obtained by The Hill.
Trump said he was asking the Senate to override a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans have health coverage.
Trump’s order on Wednesday said the mandate is unconstitutional because it violates the “fundamental principles of due process and equal protection.”
“The Constitution requires that Congress create a government health program that does not coerce, oppress, or intimidate any individual, regardless of age, race, religion, sex, disability, or sexual orientation,” the order said.
Trump also told McConnell and Ryan that his administration would immediately begin drafting and implementing an emergency declaration to waive the mandate, the president’s spokesman said.
Ryan and McConnell said they would not allow the administration to impose a mandate that they could not fulfill, saying the administration had been “working with Congress to implement the law for years.”