An appeals court was to hear arguments Tuesday on whether Congress effectively invalidated former President Obama's entire signature healthcare law when it zeroed out the tax imposed on those who chose not to buy insurance. It is unclear when the three-judge panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals will rule in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court, which has already reviewed the law twice. Should it do so for a third time, Politico reports it would likely be the final word on ObamaCare, and come before the 2020 election. The New York Times calls it a "case with enormous stakes": The ultimate outcome will affect protections for people with pre-existing conditions, Medicaid expansions covering roughly 12 million people, and subsidies that help about 10 million others afford insurance. What you need to know, per the AP:
- Tuesday's arguments are the latest in a lawsuit filed by Republican officials in 18 states, led by the Texas Attorney General's Office. The lawsuit was filed after Congress reduced to zero the unpopular tax imposed on those without insurance.