New Jersey joins Democratic states in legal fight against anti-ACA lawsuit

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has joined leaders in other Democratic states in fighting a lawsuit filed by Texas and other Republican states that looks to overturn the ACA, according to NJ.com.

Texas filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government in March, joined by 19 other states, with the goal of deeming the ACA unconstitutional. California filed a brief opposed to the lawsuit and was joined by Democratic attorneys general from 13 other states, including Mr. Grewal.

"Typically, it's the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Justice to defend federal laws like the ACA from constitutional attack," said Mr. Grewal, according to NJ.com. "But unfortunately — given everything going on in Washington these days — it's clear that New Jersey and other like-minded states need to step up to protect the law from yet another meritless legal challenge."

The ACA's individual mandate was repealed in Republican tax legislation passed in December, which the lawsuit argues should topple the rest of the law.

"Once the heart of the ACA — the individual mandate — is declared unconstitutional, the remainder of the ACA must also fall," Texas wrote in the lawsuit.

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