Capitol A number of Republicanshave said that they expect the decision to be overturned—asurprising position given the enthusiasm with which the partypursued the law's demise. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Now that they've got it, they don't want it—and Democratic attorneys generalare only too happy to try to make it go away.

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“They” are Republicans, of course, who have tried ad nauseam tooverturn the Affordable Care Act. But now that a Republican judgein Texas has ruled the ACA unconstitutional, The Hillreports that Republicans are trying to distancethemselves from the decision that could cost millions their healthcare and price meaningful coverage beyond the reach of those whohave pre-existing conditions—or do away with italtogether.

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Meanwhile, The Hill also reports that 17 Democratic attorneysgeneral have begun the process of appealing the decision, with anexpedited motion to get the judge to order that the ACA must beenforced while the case is appealed, or else issue a stay on theimpacts of his ruling.

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Related: 5 possible consequences of the Texas ACAruling

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Among Republicans, few are speaking out in support of thedecision—or, indeed, speaking out at all—except, of course, forTrump, who praised the decision and touted the potential for areplacement that would be better (an unlikely scenario given thecurrent activity level of Congress). In fact, a number ofRepublicans have said that they expect the decision to beoverturned—a surprising position given the enthusiasm with whichthe party pursued the law's demise.

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That was prior to the midterm elections, when one issue on whichRepublicans were hammered was the possibility for people withpre-existing conditions to lose their health coverage should theACA be overturned.

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But Democrats aren't standing still; they've already plungedinto action with their appeal.

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Xavier Becerra, California's attorney general, is quoted in thereport saying, “The district court's ruling poses a dangerousthreat to the healthcare of millions of Americans. We're asking thecourt to make clear that the ACA is still the law and ensure thatall Americans can continue to access affordable health care underit.”

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.