Appeals court won’t reconsider ‘Obamacare’ decision


This screen grab from the website shows the extended deadline for signing up for health care coverage for 2020. The Trump administration says people will get more time to sign up for “Obamacare” health insurance following a spate of computer glitches over the weekend. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the new deadline is 3 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Dec. 18. (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via AP)

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has refused to reconsider its ruling against a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The brief ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was dated Wednesday.

A divided three-judge panel ruled in December that the law’s requirement that people buy insurance was rendered unconstitutional when Congress set the tax on those who don’t buy insurance at zero.

Wednesday’s ruling says one appellate judge asked for a rehearing by the full court. But the judges voted 8-6 against a rehearing.  

The law’s defenders have gone to the Supreme Court. 

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