Wednesday's court arguments comeas Republicans try to defend their control of the House and Senatewhile many Democrats make health care a central issue in theircampaigns. (Photo: Getty)

The Trump administration isn't defending Obamacare from a legal attackthat could finally slay the embattled health-care law, but the federalgovernment cautioned Wednesday that an immediate and nationwidehalt may trigger “chaos.”

Unlike the state of Texas, which urged a federal judge to blockthe Affordable Care Act right away, the Justice Department wants acourt order not to take effect before Jan. 1, when the provisionrequiring people to pay a tax if they don'thave insurance is phased out.

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