Appeals Court Hears Case Against Obamacare

A panel of judges of the Fifth Court of Appeals may uphold a decision that a provision of Obamacare is unconstitutional.

A panel of three judges in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard oral arguments for 90 minutes challenging Obamacare, according to The New York Times. The case was about whether or not the court should uphold the ruling of a federal district judge in Texas when he ruled that a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring people to have health insurance was unconstitutional.

It appears like the court was leaning towards upholding the Texas judge’s ruling. The court was made up of Jennifer Elrod, appointed by President Bush, Kurt Engelhardt, appointed by President Trump, and Carolyn King, appointed by Democratic President Jimmy Carter.

The two Republican judges peppered lawyers and Democratic defendants with questions over the issue while King remained silent on the issue. The question remains whether striking down this provision of Obamacare means that the entire healthcare law will fall as well.

The case was filed by a group of Republican governors and attorney generals against the federal government. The case threatens insurance protections for people with preexisting medical conditions as well as other sweeping changes.

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