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DOJ Requests Obamacare Case Delay, Citing Shutdown

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DOJ Requests Obamacare Case Delay, Citing Shutdown

DOJ Requests Obamacare Case Delay, Citing Shutdown

Justice Department attorneys asked for a filing deadline delay, saying they're not permitted to work during the shutdown.

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DOJ Requests Obamacare Case Delay, Citing Shutdown

The ongoing partial government shutdown has prompted the  Justice Department  to request an extension in an Obamacare-related case.  DOJ attorneys  filed a motion asking to delay a filing deadline, saying they're not permitted to work during the shutdown and can't properly prepare for the case.  The case in question is a lawsuit regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  In December, a Texas  federal judge  ruled the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is unconstitutional, making the rest of the health care law invalid.

But he also said it would  remain in effect  pending an appeal.  Then, last week,  House Democrats  moved to intervene in the suit as a defendant, joining a group of Democratic state attorneys general.

In the most recent court filing, DOJ lawyers claim an approval of their motion won't impact the case's timeline.  The group of states' legal team didn't take a position on that request, but the House's legal counsel opposes it.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN . 




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