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Attorneys General Appeal Judge’s Health Law Ruling, Setting Next Stage In Battle That’s On Path To Supreme Court

January 04, 2019 / KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled last month that the health law is unconstitutional without the individual mandate penalty. Attorneys general from more than a dozen Democratic states are leading the charge to defend the Affordable Care Act at the next phase in court. Meanwhile, the government reports that about 8.4 million Americans signed up for 2019 coverage. The Wall Street Journal: Democratic-Led States Appeal Ruling Invalidating Affordable Care Act. Sixteen states on Thursday appealed a Texas judge’s ruling that invalidated the Affordable Care Act, opening the next phase of legal proceedings over the fate of the Obama-era health-care law. The ACA, which overhauled the nation’s health insurance system in 2010, will remain in effect during the appeals process, which could last a year—or potentially longer if the case lands at the Supreme Court. That timeline also means the health-care law will likely continue to be a major political issue, including in...