The Supreme Court won't consider a challenge to ObamaCare until after the 2020 election — if it considers it at all.
Even though a coalition of Democratic states asked the Supreme Court to quickly decide whether it would consider an appeal to a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the court declined to do so, it said Tuesday. That doesn't affect the status of the ACA for the time being, but does deny Democrats a strategy they were likely to employ during the 2020 campaign season.
Texas introduced its lawsuit against the ACA in 2018 in an attempt to declare it unconstitutional, and a federal court ruled in Texas' favor. The judge in the case did let the ACA temporarily remain in effect because of the "uncertainty" that a likely appeal would bring. The Democratic attorneys general who appealed the case to the Supreme Court similarly requested a quick decision because dragging it out further "threatens adverse consequences for our nation's health care system," but the court denied that on Tuesday.
The uncertainty surrounding the appeal leaves Democrats still able to argue Republicans are trying to dismantle the ACA and its health care protections to people with preexisting conditions. This strategy paid off in 2018, Politico notes, though Democrats still "worry that Republicans could dodge political consequences if ObamaCare is ultimately struck down after the November election." Kathryn Krawczyk
Roy Moore could be having a very good month or a very bad month, depending on how you look at it.
The failed Senate candidate also failed to keep his lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in Washington, D.C. on Monday, BuzzFeed News reports. Yet according to a very far-out poll taken earlier this month, he's also handily leading the GOP field for Alabama's 2020 Senate race — something he's teased he might join again.
After losing to Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) last year, Moore appeared on Showtime's Who Is America? alongside Cohen, who was disguised as an Israeli "anti-terror expert." Cohen pulled out a so-called "pedophile-detection wand" that was probably just a metal detector, waved it over Moore, and it beeped.
Moore later sued Cohen, Showtime and CBS for defamation over the skit in a Washington, D.C. court. Showtime quickly revealed that Moore had signed an agreement saying any disputes arising from the segment would be tried in New York — an area Moore's lawyer said was "more favorable venue given the leftist slant of the judiciary." Still, Showtime prevailed on Monday.
Cohen's prank came in reference to the many sexual misconduct allegations against Moore, many of which came from women who say Moore was in his 30s when he abused them as teenagers. Moore has denied those allegations, but one of the women sued Moore for defamation in January 2018. Moore responded by suing three of his accusers for libel and slander shortly after. Moore's lawsuit against his accuser is still ongoing. The litigation-happy Moore also sued to block the 2017 Senate election's results, which didn't exactly work out. Kathryn Krawczyk