Four cities sue Trump over Obamacare 'sabotage', claiming it violates constitution (Independent)

Four cities and two people have sued Donald Trump and other government agencies, alleging the US president’s “sabotaging” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has violated the constitution. 

A lawsuit filed by Baltimore, Columbus, Ohio, Cincinnati and Chicago stated Mr Trump and his administration have waged a “relentless campaign” to undermine and ultimately nullify Obamacare. The suit alleges Mr Trump has violated the constitution by two counts: a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and violation of the “take care” clause. 

Leana Wen, Baltimore's health commissioner, said short-term health insurance options neglect a "host of preexisting conditions", including diabetes, cancer, prescription drugs and in a majority of cases substance abuse addiction. Ms Wen said that destabilizing ACA could mean that nearly 10,000 residents of Baltimore could go uninsured.

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