DOJ shifts, backing full repeal of ObamaCare

The Justice Department in a dramatic reversal revealed in a legal filing on Monday that it supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law.

The department said in the document filed with a federal appeals court that it is “not urging” the reversal of any part of a lower court ruling invalidating the law.

In that ruling, Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, held that the individual mandate to acquire health insurance “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’s tax power” because lawmakers eliminated the penalty for people who fail to get coverage.

The administration had previously said protections for people with pre-existing conditions should be scrapped but the rest of the law should be preserved.

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