Senior Justice Department official quits after agency refuses to defend ACA

Joel McElvain, a senior litigator at the U.S. Justice Department, resigned the day after the department said it would not defend the ACA, according to Politico.

After 20 years with the Justice Department Mr. McElvain quit after it said it would not defend the Affordable Care Act against a lawsuit brought on 20 Republican-led states arguing that the law's protections for people with pre-existing conditions is unconstitutional since the repeal of the individual mandate.

Just before the department filed a brief saying it would not defend the ACA, Mr. McElvain and two other attorneys filed a motion to withdraw from the case. Mr. McElvain will step down July 6.

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