Federal Judge in Texas Rules ACA Unconstitutional

Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. While the law will not be overturned yet and is still in effect, the decision will be appealed and may go before the Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the ACA unconstitutional after 18 Republican state attorneys general and two Republican governors brought a case against the law. They argued that after Congress repealed the individual mandate in 2017, the law was no longer constitutional. They claimed that the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 because of the individual mandate and tax penalty for people without insurance; without this mandate they believed the law was no longer constitutional. O’Connor agreed and ruled that he law does not hold without the mandate. Julie Rovner, the chief Washington correspondent of Kaiser Health News, said that “nothing changes for now. If you need to sign up for health insurance, you should. If you’re in one of the several states where it’s extended where you can sign up through January, you have time to do that too.” The ruling is an “enormous disruption,” according to Rovner, and “would really plunge the nation’s health care system into chaos. The […]

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