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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.

House leaders duel in court over ACA subsidies

October 22, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In dueling documents filed in a federal court in San Francisco, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives took opposing positions on future financing of subsidies that have been a key part of the seven-year-old federal health insurance program.

Might insurers get ACA subsidies anyway?

October 20, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A federal judge in San Francisco suggested on Thursday that insurance companies who face an imminent cutoff by the Trump Administration of subsidies for providing health coverage for lower-income people may have a legal right to get those payments anyway.

Legal fight set after Trump pulls Obamacare subsidies

October 13, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

President Donald Trump’s decision to stop cost-sharing payments to insurers in the Obamacare marketplace seems headed for a court date in the near future.

New constitutional tests on birth control begin

October 7, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Almost 17 months after the Supreme Court sent platoons of lawyers off on what turned out to be a failed mission to work out the nationwide controversy over women’s access to birth control, the newly deepened controversy returned to the federal courts on Friday.

A Senate referee could hold the keys to health care changes

May 22, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Over the next few months, the Senate will debate its version of the Obamacare health care repeal passed by the House, and a little-known official could play an important role in what changes get included in the Senate’s version of the bill.

States seek to protect health care subsidies

May 18, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A group of 15 states plus Washington, D.C., moved on Thursday to try to head off what they called a “death spiral” for the health insurance law still in operation from the Obama Administration. 

Is the birth-control issue passing to a new government?

December 2, 2016 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, Constitution Daily's Supreme Court correspondent, looks at the latest developments in the court battle over Obamacare and birth-control access for women who work for religious non-profits.

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