Maryland attorney general seeks to uphold ACA after Texas judge's ruling

Maryland's attorney general is asking a judge in his state to weigh in on a recent ACA ruling as he seeks to protect the health law, according to a Reuters report.

On Dec. 14, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor of Texas ruled that the ACA's individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance was unconstitutional and the rest of the law is invalid.

Now, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has filed a lawsuit asking U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander in Baltimore to counter that ruling and declare the ACA constitutional, according to Reuters. The lawsuit also challenges the legality of President Donald Trump's November appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting U.S. attorney general.

The Trump administration has asked for the case to be dismissed, claiming Maryland lacks legal standing to file the lawsuit, according to the report. Judge Hollander is reportedly expected to consider the administration's motion to dismiss, as well as the claim regarding Mr. Whitaker.

This month, President Trump nominated William Barr to serve as permanent U.S. attorney general.

 

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