ACA lawsuit gets a countersuit
People protest against repealing the ACA. Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
Blue states are already defending the Affordable Care Act in court against red states’ latest legal challenge. Now Maryland has taken it a step further, filing what amounts to a competing lawsuit.
The details: Texas, the leader of the red states’ lawsuit, says the ACA’s individual mandate has become unconstitutional, and that the whole law should fall as a result. He asked a federal court to issue an injunction that would prevent the entire law from being enforced as a result.
- Maryland filed its own lawsuit yesterday seeking an injunction that would require the Trump administration to enforce the ACA.
What to watch: "Depending on how quickly the Maryland case moves, it’s possible we could see dueling injunctions — one ordering the Trump administration to stop enforcing the law, the other ordering it to keep enforcing," ACA legal expert Nick Bagley writes.