Democratic state attorneys general
on Jan. 3 appealed a federal judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. The 17 top state lawyers filed a notice of appeal with U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas, paving the way for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana to weigh in on the case. They stepped in to defend the ACA after the Trump administration declined to do so. O’Connor also granted a stay for his ruling so the Affordable Care Act will remain in place as the case is appealed.