Appeals court rules Obamacare's individual mandate unconstitutional

by Jordyn Pair · Dec 19th, 2019 8:44 am

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is unconstitutional and ordered a lower court to reexamine the case to see how much of the law should be dismantled. The lower court originally said the entire law should be struck down.

The court case was previously considered an attempt to dismantle the ACA, but now two courts have agreed that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. The individual mandate is the part of ACA that requires Americans to purchase health insurance.

"The most straightforward reading applies: the mandate is a command. Using that meaning, the individual mandate is unconstitutional," Wednesday's ruling says.


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