Texas judge allows Obamacare to remain while his ruling is appealed

Texas judge allows Obamacare to remain while his ruling is appealed

The federal judge who declared the Affordable Care Act's individual coverage mandate unconstitutional earlier this month issued an order on Sunday saying despite his previous ruling the law can remain in effect pending appeal.

The judge issued the stay, because "many everyday Americans would. face great uncertainty" if that ruling were immediately put into effect. O'Connor did say the states intervening to defend the ACA failed to show a likelihood they could succeed on appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. O'Connor added that congressional intent clearly indicated lawmakers did not intent to sever the individual mandate. "That would represent a fundamental shift in the Constitution's careful balancing of powers-not only on the Judiciary-Legislature plane, but also on the citizen-government plane".

O'Connor had ruled that the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional because Congress eliminated the individual mandate penalty by reducing it to $0.

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"In some ways, the question before the Court involves the intent of both the 2010 and 2017 Congresses", O'Connor wrote in his 55-page decision. He is leading a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general who plan to appeal. Seventeen other states defending the ACA, have vowed to appeal O'Connor's ruling.

The original lawsuit against the ACA was brought on by 20 state attorneys general, and another 17, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, are now appealing Judge O'Connor's decision.

O'Connor's December 14 ruling was only a partial decision on whether the individual mandate violated the Constitution, which meant Democrats could not appeal quickly.

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