The U.S. Supreme Court will wait until after the November election to hear arguments in a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era healthcare law.
The court announced Wednesday that it would hear the case on Tuesday, Nov. 10, one week after the presidential election.
The case involves an appeal by 20 mainly Democratic states of a lower-court ruling that declared part of the Affordable Care Act statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest.
Defenders of the Affordable Care Act argued that the issues raised by the case are too important to let the litigation drag on for months or years in lower courts and that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans erred when it struck down the health law’s now toothless requirement that Americans have health insurance. The 2-1 ruling was handed down in December of 2019.
The case marks the third time the Supreme Court battled over Obamacare since it was passed in 2010. The court notably upheld the law’s individual mandate in 2012 in a 5-4 vote.