Appeals court deals a fatal blow to Obamacare

A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down a linchpin of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that the requirement that people have health insurance was unconstitutional. But the appeals panel sent the case back to a federal district court in Texas to determine whether other provisions of the law could continue to exist without the mandate.

NYT:

Read ruling here:

What this means:

  • U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals ruled Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional.
  • Stopped short of killing off all of Obamacare.
  • Sent the case back to the lower court to see if other provisions of the ACA can survive without the mandate.
  • Ruling occurred Tuesday while we all were consumed by impeachment.
  • The Trump administration has worked diligently to kill the ACA since Day One.
  • SCOTUS upheld the ACA in 2012.

TPM:

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