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Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in 2014 react to hearing the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby birth control case. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a speech Thursday to the new Congress that Democrats want "to lower health care costs and prescription drug prices and protect people with pre-existing medical conditions." Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Democrats' Health Care Ambitions Meet The Reality Of Divided Government

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Though his politics are right of center and he lobbied hard against the Affordable Care Act, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also has been key to passing several landmark health laws with bipartisan support. Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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How Sen. Orrin Hatch Shaped America's Health Care In Controversial Ways

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Philadelphia demonstrators protested earlier moves by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act last February. If the ACA is indeed axed as unconstitutional, health policy analysts say, millions of people could lose health coverage, and many aspects of Medicare and Medicaid would change dramatically. Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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In 2015, demonstrators in Washington, D.C., urged Supreme Court justices to save the Affordable Care Act from a legal challenge. The federal health law survived, but last week U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled it invalid. An appeal of his controversial decision is underway. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Judge Who Invalidated Obamacare Has Been A 'Go-To Judge' For Republicans, Critics Say

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Ruling Backs States Opposed To Obamacare; White House Expects Appeal

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People who earn up to 400 percent of the poverty level (about $48,500 for an individual and $100,400 for a family of four in 2019) are eligible for subsidies of the cost of their marketplace health plans. But many of the 5 million who aren't eligible feel crushed by rising costs. Stuart Kinlough/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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The deadline for signing up for individual health insurance coverage on HealthCare.gov ends Saturday, Dec. 15. Patrick Sison/AP hide caption

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Affordable Care Act Insurance Sign-Ups Fall Slightly For 2019

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The Trump administration said Thursday it wants states to innovate in ways that could produce more lower-cost health insurance options — even if those alternatives do not provide the same level of financial or medical coverage as an ACA plan. Getty Images hide caption

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Affordable Care Act navigator Nini Hadwen (right) helped Jorge Hernandez (left) and Marta Aguirre find a plan on the health insurance exchange in Miami in 2013. Today, with fewer navigators, much of that counseling is done by phone instead of in person. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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More than half of all counties in the 39 states that rely on the federal HealthCare.gov exchange for ACA health insurance are experiencing a 10 percent price decrease, on average, for their cheapest plan for 2019. Patrick Sison/AP hide caption

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Many Who Buy ACA Health Plans For 2019 Find Lower Prices And More Choice

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Matthew Whitaker is pictured at an event in Washington in August. President Trump this month appointed Whitaker as acting attorney general. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Maryland Says Matthew Whitaker Appointment As Acting Attorney General Is Unlawful

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, warned that failure of a Medicaid-funding initiative on the ballot could make for a tough legislative session in 2019. William Campbell/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Open enrollment for 2019 health plans begins Nov. 1 on HealthCare.gov and on most state insurance exchanges. Healthcare.gov via Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Looking For ACA Health Insurance For 2019? Here's What To Expect

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Grant Burningham, who lives in Bountiful, Utah, worked to get a referendum on Medicaid expansion on the Utah ballot in November. Kim Raff for NPR hide caption

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Voters In 4 States Set To Decide On Medicaid Expansion

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Shelton Allwood joined other demonstrators in Miami last year calling for continued protection for people who have pre-existing medical conditions. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Organizers with Idahoans for Healthcare have been driving this green vehicle around the state to campaign for Medicaid expansion. Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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As Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, campaigns for re-election, he has warned that 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions could lose health coverage. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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