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ACA lawsuit gets a countersuit

A demonstrator holds a sign that reads, "ACA Saves Lives"
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.

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