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Validity of Obama health care law at issue in appeal hearing


Gabriella Demczuk – New York Times

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks on health care at a news conference outside the Capitol, in Washington, July 9, 2019. A federal appeals court panel will hear arguments Tuesday on whether a federal judge in Texas was correct in striking down the Affordable Care Act.

NEW ORLEANS - With health insurance availability, cost and coverage on the line for millions of Americans, a federal appeals court seemed inclined Tuesday to rule that the core provision of President Barack Obama's signature health care law is unconstitutional.

Two Republican-appointed judges on a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals peppered lawyers defending the law with skeptical questions, appearing to suggest they might hold that when Congress zeroed out a tax imposed by the law in 2017 it rendered unconstitutional the mandate to purchase health insurance.


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