Attorneys general from 17 states have filed a motion to challenge a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that ruled Obamacare to be unconstitutional.
The motion, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asks the judge to grant a stay on his ruling until it is appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans.
It also asks the judge, Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas, for clarification on the ruling that said the law must be struck down because the fine on the uninsured, known as the “individual mandate,” will be zeroed out in 2019. The filing asks O’Connor to make it clear that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is still the law of the land and should continue to be enforced by states and the federal government…
O’Connor’s ruling strikes down the entirety of Obamacare, including rules that insurers must cover people with pre-existing conditions, the extension of the Medicaid program to the poor, and coverage for maternity care, mental health, and substance abuse disorders.