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ACA Demonstrators celebrate the court’s ruling for the ACA in King v. Burwell on June 25, 2015. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday urged a federal appeals court to strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the elimination of the key individual mandate provision renders the entire Obama-era law unconstitutional.

The government’s filing—in support of Texas and other Republican-led states challenging the law—was not unexpected. The Trump-era Justice Department had earlier announced its new intent to argue that the entire health care law should be declared void. The U.S. government’s brief fully supports a Texas federal trial judge who last year declared Obamacare unlawful.

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Nate Robson

Nate Robson is the executive editor for The National Law Journal. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @Nate_Robson1.

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