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In stunning reversal, Justice Department makes huge decision about future of Obamacare


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The Justice Department revealed Monday that it will side with a federal district court ruling last year that found the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, unconstitutional.


The decision is a significant reversal from the agency's previous stance, which declared that certain aspects of the law, like the "individual mandate," are unconstitutional, but could be severed from the law's main framework.

The decision means that the government will not defend the law's constitutionality on appeal.


What is the background?

Last December, District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled Obamacare unconstitutional after the Republican-led Congress passed tax reform legislation in late 2017 that removed the tax penalty for not having health insurance.

The Supreme Court infamously upheld Obamacare's individual mandate in 2012 under the declaration that it was a "tax." But because the tax reform law gutted the individual mandate, O'Connor ruled that "the remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole."


Justice is served.

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