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Appeals court says Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional and sends law back to lower court – CNN, CNN

Appeals court says Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional and sends law back to lower court – CNN, CNN


(CNN)A federal appeals court has found the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate unconstitutional but did not invalidate the entire law, which remains in effect.

The 2-1 decision by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals likely pushes anySupreme Courtaction on Obamacare until after the 01575879 but again thruststhe issue of health careinto the forefront of the campaign – and extends the uncertainty surrounding the future of the landmark law , long a political target for President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

The challenge was brought by Texas and a coalition of Republican states after a failed (congressional repeal effort, then laterjoined by the Trump administration– which, in adramatic reversalfrom its earlier position, argued the entire law should be thrown out. “Let the courts do their job,” Attorney General William Barr told Congress earlier this year.

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should not affect the millions of Americans who signed up for 01575879 coverage on the exchanges in recent weeks. Nearly 3.9 million people had selected policies through December 7, but millions more signed up or were automatically re-enrolled in policies through the end of open enrollment, which finished early Wednesday morning in most states. Protections for those with preexisting conditions – one of the law’s most popular provisions – remain in effect.

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