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Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Challenge a Week After Election

Yuval Rosenberg

The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it will hear arguments in the case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act on November 10, a week after Election Day.

Why it matters: The case, brought by Republican state attorneys general and supported by the Trump administration, could invalidate the Obama health-care law and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It could create chaos in the health-care system, resulting in millions of Americans losing their coverage. The announcement comes as Democrats have made health care a main focus of their election messaging, hitting President Trump for his response to the Covid-19 pandemic and his efforts to repeal Obamacare without proposing a plan to replace it even as millions of workers have lost their jobs and risk losing their insurance. But the hearing date means that arguments will come only after November’s ballots have been cast. A decision in the case is expected by June 2021.

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