High School Football

US Supreme Court rejects request to expedite ‘Obamacare’ challenge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the ongoing legal challenge to former President Barack Obama’s health care law in its current term.

Justices on Tuesday denied a request from Democratic-led states and the U.S. House of Representatives to expedite the legal challenge before the court’s term ends in June. The move pushes a final decision on the law’s future until after the 2020 election.

Five justices are necessary to fast-track a case. The Supreme Court did not release a voting record regarding the matter.

Democratic states and the House asked the court earlier this month to consider a ruling from a federal appellate court; the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December the law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional after Congress zeroed out the penalty for not purchasing health insurance in the 2017 tax law.

The judges also ordered the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to determine if the rest of the law is constitutional. Judge Reed O’Connor, who sits on the district court, struck down “Obamacare” in December 2018.

A coalition of Republican states — which includes West Virginia — and the U.S. Justice Department argued against expediting the case, noting no looming danger is present as “Obamacare” will remain in effect during the legal challenge.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading the Democratic states, said he hopes the Supreme Court will consider the matter in the court’s next term, which starts in October. Four justices must vote to accept a case for it to appear on the calendar.





More News

News
P&G plant adjusts to covid era with attention to detail and greater demand
The P&G plant in Berkeley County has instituted workplace precautions such as screening stations, mask rules and social distancing.
September 27, 2020 - 4:57 pm
News
'Busy' enrollment period projected for service helping people enroll on health insurance exchange
West Virginia Navigator, a grant-funded program offering free enrollment assistance, launched five years ago, but 2020 could be the most challenging year yet.
September 27, 2020 - 3:00 pm
News
Video gambling parlors will get to try out new machines under pilot project
Some machines have been in place for more than 15 years.
September 27, 2020 - 10:59 am
News
Active coronavirus cases surpasses 3,800
State officials have recorded 3,854 active cases.
September 27, 2020 - 10:48 am