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DOJ moves to oppose all of Obamacare in court

March 26, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

A Justice Department legal filing late Monday night to support a federal court decision killing all of Obamacare has put that debate suddenly back in the news.

New birth control limits now blocked nationwide

January 15, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration has now lost – even if only temporarily – the authority to enforce anywhere in the nation a set of sweeping new restrictions on women’s free access to birth-control devices and techniques under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).

New limits on birth control blocked

January 14, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

One day before the Trump Administration was to begin enforcing sweeping new limits on women’s access to free birth-control devices and techniques, a federal trial judge in California temporarily blocked the restrictions because of doubts about their legality.

House-Trump constitutional fight over Obamacare looms

January 4, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The House of Representatives – now under Democratic control – has moved to enter a federal court case to provide a robust defense of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) in a direct confrontation with President Donald Trump.

Obamacare to remain in effect for months

December 31, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A federal judge in Texas decided on Sunday night to put on hold his ruling that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is unconstitutional. 

Is Obamacare about to collapse?

December 17, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston explains what will happen next in the latest constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) and how a federal district judge's decision could affect 2019 coverage or enrollment.

Texas federal judge strikes down entire Obamacare law

December 14, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Eight years after Congress wrote a massive overhaul of the nation’s health care industry, a federal trial judge in Texas has ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is unconstitutional.  If that ruling stands up after inevitable appeals to higher courts, the law could not be enforced after January 1.

Sweeping new Trump challenge to Obamacare

June 8, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

For the first time, the Trump Administration moved on Thursday to challenge the constitutionality of the key section of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that required most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a financial penalty as part of their taxes. 

Judge blocks new rules against birth control access

December 16, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Finding that the Trump Administration had no legal authority to create sweeping exemptions to the birth-control mandate under the Affordable Care Act, and ruling that the new rules potentially could cause “enormous and irreversible harm” to women, a federal trial judge on Friday temporarily barred the enforcement of the rules anywhere in the country.

Judge refuses to revive ACA subsidies — for now

October 26, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Tentatively accepting the Trump Administration’s view that Congress has not put up any money to cover federal subsidies for health insurance companies, a federal judge in California on Wednesday refused – at least for now – to order a resumption of those payments.

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