California, 11 other states suing Trump Administration over ACA restrictions

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is among a dozen state attorneys general pushing back on a Trump administration effort to further change Obamacare in a way that may lead to fewer benefits for workers.

California and 11 other states are suing President Donald Trump and his administration over new regulations they say will deprive workers at small businesses of most of the medical benefits they have available under the Affordable Care Act. Becerra announced the lawsuit on his Twitter feed.

“This unlawful, irresponsible rule allows employers to offer their workers barebones health coverage,” Becerra said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “It would destabilize our insurance markets and put the health of working families nationwide at risk. This is yet another attempt by the Trump Administration to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. As the President continues to do all he can to make Americans uninsured and unhealthy again, we in California will continue to fight for affordable, quality care for all of us.”

According to the lawsuit, an executive order signed by President Trump in October 2017 allows employers nationwide to group together as Association Health Plans and offer “junk health plans” that evade ACA coverage requirements and consumer protections.

Attempts to reach the White House were not successful.