The Texas federal judge who ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act is void this month suspended the case on Sunday, meaning that the law remains in force as long as the verdict is appealed against ,
Judge Reed O'Konnor of the Federal District Court at Fort Worth said the ruling should not take effect immediately, "because many Americans would otherwise have great insecurity in everyday life."
The verdict opened the door to appeals from California and 15 other states that support the Health Act.
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The Affordable Care Act not only covers the exchange of health insurance and Medicaid coverage, but also provides protection for those with pre-existing conditions, insurance coverage requirements, and other terms.
In a lawsuit earlier this year, a group of Republican governors and attorney general, led by Texas, objected to the Affordable Care Act arguing that the requirement of health insurance – known as a single mandate – was unconstitutional.
The single mandate was enforced by a tax penalty for uninsured persons. The Supreme Court upheld the law in 2012 as exercise of the fiscal sovereignty of the Congress. But as part of the tax reform that President Trump signed last December, Congress reduced the fine from 2019 to zero dollars. Texas and the other plaintiffs claim that the mandate will now lose its constitutional justification.
In a December 2005 ruling 14, Judge O & Connor agreed that the individual mandate was unconstitutional and that other provisions of the law could not survive without it. On Sunday, he reaffirmed this view, saying that California and other states that support the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, commonly known as Obamacare) will succeed in their "unlikely" appeal – Connor's earlier ruling. Immediate enforcement of the judgment could lead to confusion and "disruption in the health care markets," the Department of Justice told the court on December 21.
In a Sunday statement, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he would "advance" in his fight for affordable and accessible health care. "We will protect Americans' medical care and make it clear that A.C.A. is the law of the country, "he said.
California plans to appeal" directly, "a spokesperson for the attorney general said on Sunday.
Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, who initiated the lawsuit, said in a statement he claims that he has "no dispute" with the court's decision to issue a stay because it "gives states the opportunity to develop plans to meet the health needs of their residents for the day that this decision is finally upheld" ( 19659002)] "We are anxious to defend the District Court ruling that declares Obamacare unconstitutional," said Paxton.
The case is likely to be taken up by the US Circuit Court for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans – and by many experts I believe it will ultimately find its way to the Supreme Court.
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