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Fort Worth Judge Clears the Way for Appeal of Ruling Against Health Law

Judge Reed O'Connor issued the ruling Dec. 14



    Jenkins Respond to Fort Worth Judge's Ruling on ACA

    With just hours until the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, a legal battle is looming after a North Texas judge ruled it unconstitutional. (Published Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018)

    A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas who recently declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional has stayed his ruling to allow for appeals.

    That means "Obamacare" remains in effect while litigation continues.

    In a ruling issued Sunday, Judge Reed O'Connor wrote that he stands by his earlier conclusion that the entire law is invalidated by congressional repeal of its fines on people who remain uninsured, like a house of cards collapsing.

    However, because "many everyday Americans would ... face great uncertainty" if that ruling were immediately put into effect, O'Connor issued a stay to allow for appeals.

    ACA Enrollment Deadline Looms

    [DFW] ACA Enrollment Deadline Looms

    Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act ends Dec. 15 and so far, enrollment is down nationwide. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins discusses what people need to know before the deadline.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 10, 2018)

    A group of Republican-led states brought the lawsuit. A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general, led by California's Xavier Becerra, intends to appeal. Congressional Democrats also plan to appeal.

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