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Blue states appeal Affordable Care Act ruling

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at a press conference
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra at a press conference in March. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

A group of Democratic attorneys general, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, moved today to appeal last month's district court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act.

What we're watching: The case now moves to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, where many legal experts — who have always thought the case against the law was weak — say the decision could easily get overturned. The health care law remains in effect during the appeal.

Affordable Care Act predictions are always wrong

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The federal judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional is one more reminder about the history of predictions on the health care law: the track record is pretty embarrassing.

The big picture: Few legal experts took the Texas lawsuit seriously when it was filed in February, so they didn't see it as a threat to the law. Turns out it is. And that's just the latest in a long series of ACA predictions that didn't hold up.

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