More than 1,000 lawyers have filed suits in courts across the US in an attempt to get the government to remove a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
The suits, launched by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center, claim the new rule will violate the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of legal residents.
A group of attorneys representing the plaintiffs, however, said the number of lawyers representing the suit is far less than the number involved in the original lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks to overturn the law’s protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, as well as its mandate that health insurers cover contraceptive coverage.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is one of several groups that brought the suit.
The other plaintiffs are the American Indian Legal Services, the National Women’s Law Center and the California Civil Liberties Alliance.
All three groups are represented by lawyers at the firm of Jones Day.
The new rule was announced in October.
A White House spokesperson told the Associated Press on Thursday that the new rules were not intended to provide any benefits to the 1.4 million legal residents in the US, but rather were designed to provide a better health care system for Americans.
“It is not a matter of if the Affordable Healthcare Act will be repealed, but when,” the spokesperson said.
“We do not intend to delay any law or policy that provides Americans with more affordable and comprehensive health care.”