NEW ORLEANS (AP) An appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Congress effectively invalidated former President Barack Obamas entire signature health care law when it zeroed out the tax imposed on those who chose not to buy insurance.
Its unclear when the three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel will rule in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court, which has reviewed the law, and its coverage and insurance protections for millions of Americans, before. The ultimate outcome will affect protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Medicaid expansions covering roughly 12 million people, and subsidies that help about 10 million others afford health insurance.
Tuesdays arguments are the latest in a lawsuit filed by Republican officials in 18 states, led by the Texas Attorney Generals Office. It was filed after Congress which didnt repeal the law, despite pressure from President Donald Trump reduced to zero the unpopular tax imposed on those without insurance.
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