A coalition of Democratic-led states is asking the Supreme Court to immediately take up a challenge to Obamacare, calling on the justices to decide the law’s fate well ahead of November’s elections. Attorneys general from 20 states in a legal brief argued the high court needed to quickly take up the case, contending that prolonged uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act would damage the nation’s health care system.
A federal appeals court last month voided Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty, but it sent the lawsuit back to a conservative federal judge in Texas who had previously axed the entire law. The judge is supposed to decide how much of Obamacare can survive without the mandate, likely extending the legal fight over the law well past the election unless the Supreme Court steps in.
“We’re asking the Supreme Court to swiftly resolve this repeal lawsuit for the sake of saving lives and ending uncertainty in our healthcare system,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who’s leading the legal defense of the health care law.