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Obamacare's individual mandate ruled unconstitutional nearly a decade after law's passage

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Posted at 2:21 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 17:47:55-05

A federal appeals court has found the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate unconstitutional, but did not invalidate the entire law, which remains in effect.

The decision by the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals likely pushes any Supreme Court action on Obamacare until after the 2020 election.

In the case brought by Texas and joined by the Trump administration, which argued the entire law should be thrown out, the panel has told a lower court that it must consider whether the individual mandate can be separated from the rest of the law.