Backed Lawsuit to Invalidate Obamacare Back in Court

Trenise Bryant joins a rally for the Affordable Care Act in Miami Florida on Aug. 3 2017

Despite such pointed questioning, the hearing did not clearly foreshadow how the panel will rule in the appeal of a December opinion by a federal district judge in Texas who said the entire ACA is unconstitutional.

Depending on what happens at the appeals court level, the health law could be back in front of the Supreme Court - which has upheld the health law on other grounds in 2012 and 2015 - and land there in the middle of next year's presidential campaign.

"It's meant to say that even if the Affordable Care Act goes away, that Congress will insist that health care not discriminate based on your pre-existing conditions", she said.

That includes those now covered under Medicaid expansion, Ende says, because federal subsidies and tax credits would no longer be available.

In the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Congress set the common obligation installment at zero dollars as of January 1, 2019. The court is comprised of three judges, two of whom appointed by by Republican Presidents and one by a Democrat, although they are considered among the "more measured and thoughtful members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit...", according to the Washington Post.

A spokesman for Sununu said the governor has a history of supporting protections for pre-existing conditions.

"It seems like the language used is pretty heavy when it comes to those provisions being interlocking or intertwining", he said. "Why does Congress want the Article III Judiciary to become the taxidermist for every legislative, big-game accomplishment that Congress achieves?" Traditionally, an administration - even one that did not work to pass the law in question - defends existing law in court.

"There's a political solution here that you and various parties are asking us to roll up our sleeves and get involved in", Engelhardt said. The law now protects those individuals from denial of coverage or steeper prices because they have chronic illnesses.

But other elements of the ACA have recently been protected in ME, she says.

Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, a government advocacy and watchdog organization, said it's too soon to tell where the judges will lean. "That is the beginning and the end of the severability argument".

In a highly unusual - if not entirely surprising - move, the U.S. Department of Justice has declined to defend the federal law, leaving a California-led coalition of blue states to protect it.

In fact administration officials, including White House economists, this year repeatedly have hailed the strength of insurance marketplaces created by the 2010 law.

"That raises complicated issues, and we are appreciative of the existence of the stay until there's a final ruling", Flentje said. "Health care is essential".

Republican Attorneys General, led by Texas, filed the challenge to the ACA in February 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

"Our argument is simple", Becerra said in a written statement released Friday.

Dawn Burnfin, a Chisholm home health care worker and mother of five children with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, an inherited disease that affects skin and joints, said she couldn't imagine having to pay for hospital visits if her children were denied insurance coverage for their condition.

Congressional Republicans have sought to distance themselves from the lawsuit.

"Texas says, 'Aha! Caught you".

The Democratic-led House, represented by General Counsel Douglas Letter, argued that even if the panel were to find the remaining mandate unconstitutional, under Supreme Court precedent it should try to save as much of the broader law as possible.



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