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Gavel on flag According to the ruling, there’s no “plausible inference” at this point that the administration “will cease enforcement of part or all of the ACA.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the state of Maryland seeking a ruling that the Affordable Care Act is lawful even without the tax penalty once tied to it.

The decision has no immediate impact on a law, commonly known as Obamacare, that President Donald Trump has unsuccessfully sought to abolish. In a separate case that’s now on appeal, a Texas judge in December agreed with a coalition of Republican states that President Barack Obama’s signature health-care overhaul should be scrapped because Congress removed the penalty for not having insurance.

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