Arizona, 19 other states sue Trump Administration over Obamacare’s individual mandate — again

If you thought the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate would settle the question of its constitutionality or that Congress repealing the mandate would satisfy its critics, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has some news for you./ Paxton speaks outside the Supreme Court. /Photo: Gabriella Demczuk / Getty Images

By Jennifer Haberkorn | POLITICO

Wisconsin, Texas and several other red states said in a lawsuit filed today that since Congress repealed the individual mandate’s tax penalty for not having coverage, that means the mandate itself — and the whole health care law — is invalid.

The GOP tax law “eliminated the tax penalty of the ACA, without eliminating the mandate itself,” the states argue in a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas. “What remains, then, is the individual mandate, without any accompanying exercise of Congress’s taxing power, which the Supreme Court already held that Congress has no authority to enact.”

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