The case involves a lawsuit filed a year ago by almost a score of Republican attorneys general, who argued that without the penalty the ACA's insurance mandate was no longer constitutional because it no longer grew out of Congress' taxing authority.
Although the ACA remains active law, the judge's ruling could bring dire consequences if ultimately allowed to take effect, several members of the Democratic coalition led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said during a press call Thursday, framing the case as a matter of life and death.
Meanwhile, Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone of New Jersey announced Thursday that he will hold a hearing later this month on the impact of District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling.
"This ruling is misguided, dangerous, and will wreak havoc on the American health care system", Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.
Some experts say the argument from 20 Republican-led states who filed the suit is flimsy and likely will not survive higher-court scrutiny. On Thursday, Colorado's Democratic attorney general-elect, Phil Weiser, said he plans to join the coalition. President Donald Trump still disdains "Obamacare", but he failed to repeal it after promising a better plan in its place.
· 133 million Americans, including 17 million kids, with preexisting health conditions.
The future of health care was a major issue during the latest congressional elections, and the Democrats promised swift action on that policy question once they regained control of the House.
"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.
Angela Merkel and hundreds of German politicians hacked
The leaks began with data from German TV personalities Jan Böhmermann and Til Schweiger, Youtube star LeFloid and rapper Sidos. It described its activities as "security researching", "artist" and " satire and irony " and said it was based in Hamburg.
Obamacare also offers subsidies that help low- and middle-income people afford health insurance and significantly funds the expansion of Medicaid coverage to people who previously were not eligible for that health coverage program.
Muslim Congresswoman Sworn In Using Koran
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Ed Sheeran will face court over plagiarism claims
A USA judge has rejected a request by Ed Sheeran for a lawsuit accusing him of ripping off a Marvin Gaye song to be dismissed. The lawsuit states: "The defendants copied the "heart" of "Let's" and repeated it continuously throughout "Thinking".