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Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and a coalition of 17 attorneys general yesterday filed an expedited motion to challenge Friday’s opinion in Texas v. HHS, which declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor wrote in his opinion Friday that “(t)he remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole.” O’Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who previously blocked other Obama-era policies.
The AGs’ motion seeks clarification on the impact of Friday’s decision and requests that the judge prevent any confusion about the opinion. The motion requests the court to make clear that the ACA is still the law of the land and will continue to be enforced and implemented by states, the federal government, and entities across the country unless and until an order by the court expressly states otherwise.
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