Texas Ruling Puts Obamacare in Flux

Millions of Americans’ health insurance is in jeopardy now that a federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. If upheld, it would wipe out not just protection for those with pre-existing conditions, but also a host of very popular features, including coverage for young adults, low-income subsidies, the closing of the “donut hole” for Medicare Rx drug coverage and Medicaid expansion. For employers, it could mean the end of the hated employer mandate and the looming Cadillac tax on employee health plans.

The judge determined that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and, since it can’t be severed from the rest of the ACA, the entire law is invalid. Eighteen Republican state attorneys general and two GOP governors brought the suit. 

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