Court Issues Blow to Health Care, Rules Individual Mandate of ACA is Unconstitutional

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate was unconstitutional, and sent back the decision to the lower court to consider whether the remaining provisions of the law will stand.

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) – along with the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, and the American Medical Women’s Association and Goodwin Procter LLP – filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief explaining to the court what is at stake for women and their families.

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of NWLC:

“This decision jeopardizes the coverage and care of tens of millions of women and their families who depend on the ACA. It particularly threatens the health of women of color, who make up two-thirds of the women who gained insurance coverage through the ACA. The Trump Administration’s relentless attempts to tear down the law have resulted in this dangerous decision, and send a clear message that it doesn’t care about the health and wellbeing of women and girls. These attempts to destroy the livelihoods of women, their families, and their communities, won’t stop—but we will keep fighting to preserve the care people deserve and desperately need.”


For Immediate Release: December 18, 2019
Contact: Olympia Feil ([email protected])