State Of The State In Health Care: Uncertain

What’s the state of the state when it comes to health care in 2019? “Uncertain” thanks partly to two court cases, one on appeal and the other waiting to be heard.

The one on appeal was decided in December, when Texas Judge Reed O’Connor ruled Obamacare unconstitutional.

How did he come to that decision? The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to buy health insurance is constitutional because the penalty for not doing so is a “tax.” Congress and the president removed that penalty in December 2017. A Texas-led coalition of 20 states, including Arkansas under Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, sued saying the loss of the penalty nullified the entire law. O’Connor agreed.    MORE

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