NEW ORLEANS, LA — (01-29-20) — A federal appeals court voted on Wednesday against rehearing an  Obamacare legal challenge,  after a three-judge panel struck down along party lines, the healthcare law’s individual mandate.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 8-6 on Wednesday, against rehearing the case, after one of the judges asked for a vote.

Neither party in the lawsuit had asked the 5th Circuit Court to rehear the case. A coalition of blue states have already appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court which is currently deciding whether to hear the case.

The Trump administration has refused to defend the healthcare law in court and has cheered on the legal effort to dismantle the historic healthcare law.

The 5h Circuit in December ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Americans purchase health insurance was unconstitutional. The ruling set off a fire storm among Democrats who warned that it could upend the nation’s health care system.

“Under the current state of affairs, there is considerable doubt over whether millions of individuals will continue to be able to afford vitally important care,” House lawyers wrote in a brief earlier this month.

The U.S. Supreme Court this month rejected a request from the House and Democratic state attorneys general to expedite the case. That move all but eliminated the possibility that the case could be heard and decided before the 2020 presidential election.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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