Mass. joins other states in appealing Affordable Care Act decision

Mass. joins other states in appealing Affordable Care Act decision

Blue states file notice they will appeal anti-Obamacare ruling

Becerra said the case will impact nearly 133 million Americans - including 17 million kids -with preexisting conditions, nearly 12 million Americans who received coverage through Medicaid expansion, nearly 12 million seniors who use Medicare to afford prescription drugs and working families who depend on tax credits and employer-sponsored plans to afford insurance.

A lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton charged that since Judge O'Connor ruled the mandate, "once the heart of the ACA, . unconstitutional, the remainder of the ACA must also fall".

Representatives from the 20 states, led by Texas, argue the health-care law put in place by former President Barack Obama is unconstitutional.

White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the ruling will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court and that it is possible that the law will not be repealed.

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"Many [Republicans], in a very inauthentic way, in my mind, indicated that they were prepared to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions", said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

Colorado's Attorney General-Elect Phil Weiser said in the press call that rural hospitals in OR and Colorado will likely have to close if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

"That is, I think, why we saw the bump", he said, "those last-minute people signing up afterward".

Since the Justice Department made the controversial decision to drop its defense of the ACA, a team of litigators representing the House of Representatives and a coalition of states have intervened in the case on behalf of the landmark Obamacare law.

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After two long years of fruitlessly trying to kill Obamacare, the Republican Party and President Trump have been given a political hand grenade by a federal judge in Texas to get the job done.

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor, presiding in Texas, ruled December 14 that Congress' decision to gut the "individual mandate" tax for shirking insurance rendered the rest of the 2010 law invalid. The case against the Affordable Care Act was brought by Republican states.

In their conference call Thursday, the Democratic attorneys general disputed that.

In 2012, the United States Supreme Court gave the green light to the mandate, arguing that Congress had the right to penalize the uninsured through its power to impose taxes. That ruling struck down one specific provision of the ACA and, based on the nullification of that one section, held that no other part of the law could survive without it.

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Rosenblum said it "remains to be seen" what role, if any, Congress will have in the case. That is the appeal in which the House will shortly ask the Fifth Circuit to allow it to join. The widely assumed result: There would be lower participation in the Affordable Care Act market widely known as Obamacare.

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