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Trump Administration’s DOJ Won’t Defend Affordable Care Act in Court

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018 1:51 PM

According to legal filings made Thursday, June 7th, the Trump Administration will not defend the Affordable Care Act from a lawsuit filed by 20 states..  The filing came in a lawsuit brought by the state of Texas and a coalition of other Republican-led states who have filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas challenging the constitutionally of the Affordable Care Act. The states argue that after Congress eliminated the penalty for the individual mandate last year, effective in 2019, it destabilized other sections of the law.

"In its filing the DOJ said that it agrees with Texas that the individual mandate is now unconstitutional and therefore it will not defend key provisions of the law in the suit," said Timothy Jost, of Washington and Lee University School of Law.

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