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A Judicial Body Slams the ACA

A Judicial Body Slams the ACA

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Opponents of the Affordable Care Act may have stopped trying to overturn the entire law in court, but they have not stopped challenging pieces of it — and they have found an ally in Fort Worth, Texas: U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor. In 2018, O’Connor held that the entire ACA was unconstitutional — a ruling eventually overturned by the Supreme Court. Now the judge has found that part of the law’s requirement for insurers to cover preventive care without copays violates a federal religious freedom law.

North Carolina became the 40th state in the country to offer Medicaid coverage to people with lower incomes who were previously uneligible. This is a major boost for the law. Even though the federal government will pay 90% of the cost of expansion, a broad swath of states — mostly in the South…

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