Appeals court rules ObamaCare mandate unconstitutional

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate is unconstitutional, striking down a key provision of ObamaCare.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the ACA could not require people to have health insurance, but sent the case back to a lower court in Texas to determine what the decision means for the rest of the health-care law.

The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in 2012, but because Congress repealed the tax law that allowed the mandate and the Trump administration has opted not to defend the ACA, the mandate was re-examined.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) vowed to appeal the ruling, so the Supreme Court could wind up hearing the case next year.

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