The fate of the Affordable Care Act’s health care mandate remains uncertain after a hearing Tuesday in which a panel of federal appeals court judges listened to oral arguments on the rule’s constitutionality, the New York Times reports.
It remains unclear, according to the report, what scrapping the mandate would mean for the health care law’s survival, though.
Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, says eliminating the law altogether would be catastrophic.
“The case, if successful, would result in a humanitarian catastrophe in this country,” he said Tuesday. “Because the plaintiffs in the case, backed by the Trump administration, are arguing that the court should throw out the entire Affordable Care Act with nothing to replace it.”
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