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this Court also rejects that characterization. There is no other basis under which Congress has authority to enact this mandate and penalty."

That would be characterized as "unelected warrl legislating from his chair" :)

Reading over several articles on the Texas ruling, the judge held that the repeal of the individual mandate invalidates the entire thing, which I find very sketchy reasoning.

All the articles remind everyone the ACA still stands. This is the last day to sign up for 2019. The articles insist nothing will change until the case has gone through all it's appeals.

Of course, those 20 state AGs, having safely gotten past the election, could have the judge issue an injunction against enforcement of any of the provisions of the ACA, then let aggrieved parties contest the injunction all the way to SCOTUS, which would take a few years.

Meanwhile, seems that, without the mandate, enrollments for 2019 are down some 11%.

Sign-ups on the federal health insurance marketplace have fallen 11.7 percent from the same time last year, according to the latest figures from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The number of new people buying the coverage has dropped even more: 19.7 percent.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/15/heres-how-trump-hobbled-obam...

Steve
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