The Justice Department announced it is siding with a district court ruling that found Obamacare unconstitutional.
In December, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth, Texas declared that Obamacare is unconstitutional in a ruling.
In 2017, Congress invalidated the tax penalty for not purchasing insurance which opened up doors for the constitutionality of Obamacare to be challenged.
The Justice Department previously argued in court last June that key pieces of Obamacare, including the individual mandate are unconstitutional.
Since the individual mandate was repealed by Congress in 2017, the DOJ argued the mandate is no longer technically a tax, therefore unconstitutional.
The DOJ helped the Trump Administration escalate its attacks on Obamacare when it sided with Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling.
The Hill reported:
The DOJ said Monday that it agrees the decision should stand as the case works its way through the appeals process in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
“The Department of Justice has determined that the district court’s judgment should be affirmed,” the department said in a short letter to the appeals court.
President Trump reacted to the news Tuesday morning.
The Republican Party will become “The Party of Healthcare!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2019