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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on ACA Case One Week After November Election

21. August 2020 Sam Fish Health

On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it has scheduled oral arguments for the major lawsuit concerning the continued viability of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on November 10, 2020, one week after the November 3rd election.

This case was brought by a number of Republican attorneys general and supported by the Trump Administration after the penalty provision of the ACA was reduced to zero as part of tax reduction legislation passed by Congress.

Lower court decisions have held that the mandate provision of the ACA was rendered ineffective by the reduction of the penalty provision and raised the issue of the continued viability of the entire ACA. 

The Supreme Court’s announcement as to the time for oral arguments would indicate that no decision would be rendered in the case until the spring of 2021.