Trump Admin and Republican States to Challenge Obamacare in Conservative-Leaning 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
The Trump administration and 18 Republican Attorney Generals will be arguing to put an end to the Affordable Care Act in the 5th Circuit of Appeals on Tuesday.
The conservative-leaning 5th Circuit of Appeals will be hearing oral arguments for scrapping Obamacare in its entirety.
The administration and Republican states are arguing that the ACA is not valid any longer, as Congress has eliminated the tax penalty for those who do not purchase health insurance.
This legal challenge to the ACA began in February 2018.
In December, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled in favor of the states that made the argument that Obamacare is unconstitutional without the individual mandate penalty.
“Should the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rule against the law, that would all but guarantee the Supreme Court would again take a case directly challenging the ACA’s survival. The high court, which has twice upheld the health care law since it passed in 2010, would likely deliver a final verdict on the ACA as the 2020 campaign season ramps up,” Politico reports.
The Supreme Court is now made up of five Conservatives and four Liberals, and could ultimately hand a big win to Republicans on the issue — provided they can come up with a solid plan for tackling healthcare issues.
Healthcare is likely to play a big role in the 2020 election, with most Democrat contenders endorsing the idea that illegal aliens should get free coverage.