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Obamacare's Survival May Hinge on Some Technical Legal Questions

  • Federal appeals court in Texas will hear arguments on July 9
  • The judges may first decide who can defend the health-care law
A medical doctor, right, examines a patient at a  health center.

A medical doctor, right, examines a patient at a  health center.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The fate of Obamacare, the law that President Donald Trump campaigned on repealing and replacing, could hinge on several technical points of law as a federal appeals court prepares to decide whether it’s unconstitutional.

And the appeal of whatever the three-judge panel rules may land the Affordable Care Act back at the U.S. Supreme Court and in the public eye as the 2020 presidential election season is in full swing.