TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 27, 2018
Twenty red states, including Tennessee, joined to file a lawsuit in Texas on Monday asking the courts to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the grounds that the individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance coverage is now unconstitutional, WPLN reports. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 decided that because the individual mandate was enforced through a tax penalty, it was allowed. However, the new tax package zeros out the penalty for those who do not obtain insurance. "The repeal of the tax renders the individual mandate unconstitutional," Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said in a statement.