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A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down Obamacare’s individual mandate in a decision that immediately thrusts the health care law to the forefront of the 2020 elections.
However, the appeals court ruling largely ducked the central question of whether the Affordable Care Act remained valid after Congress removed the penalty for not having health insurance. And it sent the case back to a Texas federal judge who previously ruled the entire law was unconstitutional to reconsider how much of it could survive.
The article goes on to state the following:
The high-stakes ruling keeps the legal threat to Obamacare alive while reducing the likelihood the Supreme Court could render a final verdict on the law before the 2020 elections. Still, the court’s decision could renew pressure on President Donald Trump and Republicans to explain how they will preserve those insurance protections after failing to agree on an Obamacare replacement for years.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote: “The rule of law demands a careful, precise explanation of whether the provisions of the ACA are affected by the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate as it exists today.”
A 5th Circuit panel finds ACA’s requirement that all have insurance is unconstitutional & sends case back to the district judge to decide if the rest of ACA can survive with this provision severed. Expect lots more litigation. This isn’t final – yet. https://t.co/afXP7tdIR7
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) December 18, 2019
At the same time my Democratic law school classmate, Rep. Anthony Brown, was presiding in the House of Representatives in the impeachment of Donald Trump, my Republican law school classmate, Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, was voting to help kill Obamacare. https://t.co/be4k3AcApr
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 18, 2019
BREAKING: A federal appeals court reviewing Obamacare has ruled the law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional but did not invalidate the entire law https://t.co/bdat0cozYx
— POLITICO (@politico) December 18, 2019
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