via CBS News:
The Affordable Care Act, and the health coverage of millions of Americans, could face a major threat to its future.appears ready to rule that a core provision of Obamacare is unconstitutional.
It’s unclear exactly when the appeals court will rule, but whichever side loses at this stage is almost certain to appeal to the Supreme Court, setting up a potential legal showdown in the middle of the 2020 presidential race.
The Supreme Court previously ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional because Congress has the power to tax people. It held that if people had to pay a penalty for not buying insurance, that payment was effectively a tax.