Looks like the Obamacare lawsuit could reach the Supreme Court by early next year and be decided well before the 2020 elections take place.
According to CNN, the Trump administration successfully got a judge to agree to expedite the case through the legal system.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday granted a Trump administration request to expedite oral arguments in a case challenging the legality of the Affordable Care Act.
The new time frame — with arguments in early July — means that the fate of Obamacare could come before the Supreme Court next term, with an opinion rendered by June of 2020 in the heart of the presidential campaign.
As in 2016 and the 2018 midterms, health care has already emerged as a core issue, though there are fissures in both parties. Congressional Democrats have rallied around Obamacare, while some of the party’s presidential nominees are supporting “Medicare for All” plans that would offer universal, government-backed health coverage.
President Donald Trump, who campaigned in 2016 on repealing the law, has promised that Republicans will pass a “really great” health care plan after the 2020 election, although none has been proposed.
Trump couldn’t get Republicans to agree on any repeal no matter how weak, so the next best thing is pursuing it’s unconstitutionality via the courts.
While I do believe there’s a good chance the Supreme Court will rule it unconstitutional, I obviously worry about the Roberts factor. Last time it was reported that he wanted to protect the court or something, so instead of doing the right thing he upheld the law even though it was clearly unconstitutional.
Now he gets a do over and I’m as worried as ever that he will take the same action and uphold it again, even in its more broken state.