A Texas lawsuit could mean life or death for the ACA

In a Texas courtroom on Wednesday, a group of Republican attorneys general is set to face off against a group of Democratic attorneys general in a lawsuit aimed at striking down the Affordable Care Act.

In a Texas courtroom on Wednesday, a group of Republican attorneys general is set to face off against a group of Democratic attorneys general in a lawsuit aimed at striking down the Affordable Care Act. The Republicans say that when Congress eliminated the penalty for not having health insurance as part of last year’s tax bill, lawmakers rendered the entire health law unconstitutional. The two sides will first argue before U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth whether the health law should be put on hold while the case is litigated. The Republican plaintiffs are seeking a "preliminary injunction" on the law. Ending the health law, even temporarily, "would wreak havoc in our health care system," says California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Becerra. "And we don't believe Americans are ready to see that their children are no longer able to see a doctor or that they cannot get treated for a preexisting health condition."