A federal judge from the Northern District of Texas ruled late last week that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety is unconstitutional. The case before U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor was brought by a group of state attorneys general and other plaintiffs and focuses on the law’s individual mandate. Back in 2012, the United States Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate based on Congress’s power to tax.
However, Congress took action in 2017 to remove the penalty associated with the individual mandate. Judge O’Connor ruled that the individual mandate cannot be severed from the rest of the ACA, resulting in an invalidation of the full law.
“The individual mandate is so interwoven with the ACA’s regulations that they cannot be separated. None of them can stand,” the judge wrote in a 55-page opinion. To review the full opinion, click
The ruling will likely be appealed for further consideration.