(St. Paul, MN)  --  Minnesota Democrats are defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the day of oral arguments in a federal appeals court in New Orleans (Tuesday).  Republican attorneys general and the Trump Administration claim the A-C-A is unconstitutional in their lawsuit.  Congresswoman Angie Craig said, "what Texas vs the U-S makes clear is that we must stop playing politics with healthcare in this country. We have to move past viewing strengthening the current health care system as a win for any political party." U-S Senator Tina Smith says if the Affordable Care Act goes away, so would protections for nearly two-point-five-million Minnesotans with pre-existing conditions.

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