Justice Department Sides With Court Ruling That Obamacare Is Invalid


The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Monday that it is siding with a district court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, signaling an escalation of the Trump administration’s legal battle against the health care law.

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled in December that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and that the rest of law is therefore invalid.

“The Department of Justice has determined that the district court’s judgment should be affirmed,” the department said in a short letter to the appeals court.

The stance is a reversal from the DOJ’s prior position, in which they held that only the law’s pre-existing condition protections should be struck down, not that the entire law should be invalidated.


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