|December 17, 2018
U.S. Federal Court in Texas Strikes Down the Affordable Care Act
Governor-elect Janet Mills did not mince words in expressing her opinion of the decision: "This is a backward, poorly-reasoned decision," she said, "but it does not change the fact that the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land." Senator Angus King also tweeted that the ruling, while concerning, "...WILL NOT impact ACA plans for 2019." A variety of legal experts, both liberal and conservative, have raised serious questions about the legal reasoning in the decision.
The 55-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor stated that the elimination of the penalty for not having health insurance made the entire law invalid. Supporters of the ACA called the ruling "misguided" and said they will appeal it. Senator Susan Collins, who voted recently to repeal the individual mandate, stated Sunday that she was confident the ruling would be reversed on appeal. Any appeal would go first to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, then possibly to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in an earlier case upheld the ACA as constitutional. The Trump administration has said it will continue to enforce the law until the appeal process has run its course.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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