NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down Obamacares now-toothless requirement that Americans carry health insurance but sidestepped a ruling on the laws overall constitutionality. The decision means the law remains in effect for now.
The 2-1 ruling handed down by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans means the ultimate fate of the rest of the Affordable Care Act including such popular provisions as protections for those with pre-existing conditions, Medicaid expansion and the ability for children under the age of 26 to remain on their parents insurance remains unclear.
The panel agreed with Texas-based U.S. District Judge Reed OConnors 2018 finding that the laws insurance requirement, the so-called individual mandate, was rendered unconstitutional when Congress, in 2017, reduced a tax on people without insurance to zero.