Barack Obama left Washington, D.C. in 2017 believing his legacy was secure.
That is no longer the case.
That’s because Barack Obama just got hit with this nasty surprise that could ruin his life.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on the appeal of Texas U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling that because Congress eliminated the Obamacare individual mandate penalty the whole law is unconstitutional.
Legal experts expected the judges to dismiss the ruling and uphold Obamacare.
But two of the judges on the three-judge panel expressed deep hostility to attorneys defending Obamacare.
A panel of federal appeals judges aggressively questioned whether Obamacare can survive during Tuesday afternoon oral arguments in a case that could upend the 2010 health care law.
Two Republican appointees on the three-judge panel frequently interrupted attorneys to question whether the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and if not whether the entire law could stand without it. The ACA’s future appeared murky after two hours of oral arguments at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but it’s not clear if the judges were ready to uphold a federal judge’s earlier decision invalidating the law…
…Appellate Judge Jennifer Elrod, a George W. Bush appointee, on Tuesday posited that lawmakers — who failed to agree on an Obamacare replacement plan two years ago — deliberately eliminated the mandate penalty because they knew the rest of the law would have to fall. She said perhaps lawmakers thought, “Aha, this is the silver bullet that’s going to undo Obamacare.”
This case is the third time the courts have had the chance to do the right thing and throw Obamacare out.
If the Fifth Circuit rules Obamacare unconstitutional, there may not even be a Supreme Court case.
That’s because the administration – which must enforce Obamacare – is arguing that the law should be thrown out.
And the proponents of Obamacare may lack the standing to appeal the ruling.
That would spell the end of Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.