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Report: UN Memo Says Obamacare Repeal Might Break International Law

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 11:17 AM

The United Nations sent an urgent appeal to the Trump administration earlier this year warning that the repeal of Obamacare could be a violation of several international conventions that bind the United States, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The warning came in the form of a confidential, five-page letter from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva to the State Department expressing "serious concern" about the loss of health coverage for almost 30 million people, which could violate "the right to social security of the people in the United States."

The U.N., which confirmed the authenticity of the letter, asked that the Trump administration share the letter with the majority and minority leadership in both houses of Congress, as well as the public, although none of the leaders of the House or Senate said they received it.

However, the Post reported that the Department of Health and Human Services did get hold of the correspondence, and an employee leaked it to congressional Democratic leadership.

Among the conventions cited in the letter that would be violated if Obamacare was repealed without an adequate replacement is Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which "establishes everyone's right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being, including food, medical care and necessary social services."

Trump has been pressing House Republicans for a second attempt to pass a bill repealing and replacing Obamacare after the first effort failed last month.

However, the Washington Examiner reported that Trump appears to be prepared to give up his new push and has suggested that a new target could be in September.

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The United Nations sent an urgent appeal to the Trump administration earlier this year warning that the repeal of Obamacare could be a violation of several international conventions that bind the United States, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
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