Capitol Correspondence - 09.10.18

Federal Court Hearings Begin on Future of ACA

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As shared by Politico Pro:

“Every provision of Obamacare is unconstitutional and must be immediately scrapped due to the removal of the penalty for failing to obtain health insurance, attorneys for 20 conservative-led states argued today in a federal courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas.


U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee, vigorously questioned attorneys during the three-hour hearing but gave no indication when he would rule.

Lawyers for the Trump administration partially agreed with the red states’ argument, concluding that the removal of Obamacare’s individual mandate requires striking down the law’s insurance provisions, including protections for people with preexisting medical conditions.

But the administration disagreed on the need for immediate action, arguing that any remedies should not be applied until next year.”