Obamacare Appeal: New Orleans Appeals Court Likely to Rule it’s Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of the United States, 2019

A hearing on the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, is underway. And judges are expected to rule the law is unconstitutional.

But whichever side the judge rules against—the case is expected to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of the United States, setting up a potential legal battle during the 2020 presidential election.

The Supreme Court previously ruled the act was constitutional because congress has the power to tax people.

It held that if people had to pay a penalty for not buying insurance, that payment was effectively a tax.

But in 2017 that penalty was removed and now the U.S. federal court system has to decide if the rest of the act is constitutional without it.

But democrats say if the act is struck down, as many as 20 million people could lose their health insurance. Affecting people with pre-existing conditions.