The US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Health Act in 2012; the current court is not likely to rule on the new challenge until next year. [File: Getty Images]

President Donald Trump’s administration petitioned the United States Supreme Court to invalidate the Obamacare law introduced by his predecessor that added millions to the healthcare safety net, seeking to scrap coverage during the novel coronavirus crisis.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco, in a filing late on Thursday night, argued for the administration that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – one of former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature achievements – became invalid after the previous, Republican-led Congress axed parts of it.

“No further analysis is necessary; once the individual mandate and the guaranteed-issue and community-rating provisions

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