Federal District Court Invalidates Affordable Care Act

December 17, 2018


Late on Friday, December 14, 2018, a federal district judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. The district court did not, however, issue an injunction requiring immediate compliance. The decision is certain to be appealed in due course, and the Trump Administration has said that the decision will have no impact until after the Supreme Court of the United States decides the case, which will likely not be until 2020 at the earliest. The decision and the ensuing developments are nonetheless potentially significant and merit attention by health care stakeholders.

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This On the Subject was co-authored by Mara McDermott and Rachel Stauffer at McDermott+Consulting.

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