Judge Reed O’Connor today issued an order in response to a motion filed yesterday by 17 Democratic attorneys general asking him to confirm that the Affordable Care Act remains in effect nationwide and allow for a prompt appeal of his decision that the law is unconstitutional. The judge ordered the 20 Republican AGs that brought the case to respond by Dec. 21 and gave the Democratic AGs until Dec. 26 to reply. On Dec. 14, the judge ruled the entire ACA unconstitutional because Congress repealed the tax penalty enforcing the law’s individual mandate. The case was brought in February by 20 Republican-led states. The court later granted a request by the 17 Democratic AGs to intervene in the case.

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