The Department of Justice Files to Expedite the Case Against the ACA
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to expedite the case against the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare).[cite]TRUMP DOJ SEEKS EXPEDITED ORAL ARGUMENTS IN ACA APPEAL. HealthLeadersMedia.com.[/cite][cite]DOJ asks for speedy hearing in case that could kill Obamacare. Politico.com.[/cite]
Specifically, the DOJ filed a motion to expedite oral arguments in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals where appeals will be heard on the ruling that declared the ACA unconstitutional.
You can read the filing here.
This means that the outcome of the case that holds the fate of the ACA in its hands could be known sooner rather than later.
If the ACA is struck down due to appeals being unsuccessful, it could leave lawmakers scrambling to pass a replacement plan to save popular provisions like pre-existing conditions protections.
We will keep you updated on the court case as it unfolds, for now though, nothing changes.
TIP: Whichever side loses the cases is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court. So although the outcome of this is important, the likely outcome of a Supreme Court case on the issue will be the final word and the most important aspect of the outcome.