A lower court judge in Texas has issued a ruling that couldlead to all of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of2010 (PPACA) — the main part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)statutory package —being tossed out.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor said last Friday that thePPACA provision requiring many individuals to own health coverage is now an unconstitutionalrequirement for people to buy health coverage, not a tax thatcomplies with the U.S. Constitution.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.