A Federal appeals court in Texas has now officially struck down the individual mandate aspect of the landmark Obamacare legislation.
The suit was brought by a group of conservative leaning states with several liberal leanings states filing in defense of the law.
As CNBC reports:
Texas and other Republican-led states brought the suit, which was defended by Democratic-led states and the House of Representatives. The court heard arguments in July.
The suit alleged that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate was unlawful under the federal government’s taxing powers after Congress reduced the penalty for not having insurance to $0 in 2017. Texas argued that therefore the ACA, more commonly known as Obamacare, must be scrapped.
Democrats said the lawsuit was just the latest Republican legal assault on Americans’ health care. Ending Obamacare has been a long-held goal of President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans. Trump unsuccessfully rallied enough Republicans to repeal and replace the health law in 2017.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas ruled in December that the entire health law was unconstitutional because the individual mandate penalty was essentially eliminated. A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general, led by California’s Xavier Becerra, appealed the lower court ruling.