Health care politics Republicanssay that when Congress eliminated the penalty for not having healthinsurance as part of last year's tax bill, lawmakers rendered theentire health law unconstitutional. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Wednesday is looking like yet another pivotal day in thelife-or-death saga that has marked the historyof the Affordable Care Act.

In a Texas courtroom, a group of Republican attorneys general,led by Texas' Ken Paxton, are set to face off against a group ofDemocratic attorneys general, led by California's Xavier Becerra,in a lawsuit aimed at striking down the federal health law. TheRepublicans say that when Congress eliminated the penalty for not having healthinsurance as part of last year's tax bill, lawmakers rendered theentire health law unconstitutional. The Democrats argue that's notthe case.

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