Judge Jennifer Elrod, who was appointed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals by Republican President George W. Bush, asked attorneys for the Democratic officials defending the law during a hearing in New Orleans.
The main issue in Tuesday's hearing was whether Congress rendered the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional when it zeroed out the tax imposed on people who don't buy health insurance.
The judges implied that the law is no longer needed after Congress removed penalties against people without health insurance in 2017, something that was included as an essential part of the program when it was released in 2010.
Douglas Letter, arguing for the now-Democratic controlled House of Representatives, said that Texas and other states are exaggerating the impact of the law Trump signed in 2017 eliminating the mandate.
Within the nine years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, it has affected nearly every side of the nation's health care system. Colorado signed on as a co-defendant in the Texas case after the Trump administration's Department of Justice declined to defend the ACA.
"I can not emphasize enough how much this lawsuit would hurt people who rely on health care coverage made possible by this law", he said. It also allowed young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' insurance.
Republicans argue the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate was an appropriate exercise of Congress' power to tax inNational Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) v. Sebelius, the first case to uphold the ACA.
The equation changed after Donald Trump replaced Obama as president.
Among the arguments by the law's supporters: Those who filed suit have no case because they aren't harmed by a tax that doesn't exist; the reduction of the tax penalty to zero could be read as a suspension of the tax, but the tax's legal structure still exists; and if the individual mandate is now unconstitutional, that doesn't affect the rest of the law.More news: Seeking Unity, Pelosi Calls for Bill to Protect Migrant Kids
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CHA is a national organization comprised of 600 hospitals and 1,600 other health care facilities that provide compassionate, nonprofit care to Americans.
Trump, however, is on the side of conservative attorneys general.
In December, a Texas judge ruled in favor of the 20 states challenging the health care act, saying the entire ACA was invalid. He said the Trump administration is putting American lives at risk by arguing for striking the law down.
"If they are successful in striking down the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will own all of the consequences", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on a call Monday with reporters.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to eventually consider the matter.
"More than 166,000 Alabamians could lose their health insurance", he said.
Johnson had no specific comment on the lawsuit today, but a spokesperson told NewsChannel 7 he consistently supports maintaining access to affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
American voters aren't quite sure what to make of the latest lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act. The mandate requires almost all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty. The case could play a role in next year's presidential and congressional maneuverings, particularly if it ends up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
A group of 17 blue states led by California who are defending the ACA argued at the hearing Tuesday that Congress' intent was clear when it made a decision to not get rid of the rest of the law. And Minnesota Democrats U.S Sen. And it would presents Democrats with an opportunity to run on protecting the law's popular provisions - a successful part of their political strategy that helped them recapture the House in the 2018 midterms.