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Obamacare Ruling Sets a Health Care ‘Time Bomb’ in 2020 Election

  • Appeals court punts on whether all of Obamacare must be struck
  • Democrats warn of threat to popular health-care protections
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While the eyes of the nation were on the historic House vote to impeach President Donald Trump, a court ruling to leave the fate of Obamacare up in the air may be a bigger risk to his 2020 re-election hopes.

The ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit led by Republican states and backed by Trump rendered Obamacare’s individual mandate to buy insurance unconstitutional, but punted on whether that meant the rest of the law must also be invalidated. That issue was sent back to the lower court judge to determine, which all but ensures the issue won’t be resolved by the election.