Vermont has joined 16 other states asking a Texas court to clarify that the Affordable Care Act is still the “law of the land,” despite a ruling Friday that Obamacare is unconstitutional.
In a motion filed Monday, the states requested an immediate appeal of the ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor and asks that the ACA’s provisions continue to be enforced by states and the federal government.
“The District Court’s ruling could jeopardize thousands of Vermonters and millions of Americans’ access to healthcare,” said Attorney General T.J. Donovan in a statement. “We’re asking the Court to clarify the ACA is still the law.”
The states’ motion said the elimination of the penalty for failing to maintain minimum health insurance coverage on January 1, 2019, has already created confusion. Clarification from the court, the states said, “would provide peace of mind to millions of Americans relying on the ACA for health insurance in 2019.”
Also signing onto the filing are Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.