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

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

The decision has no immediate impact on a law, commonly known asObamacare, that President Donald Trump has unsuccessfully sought to abolish. In a separate case that'snow on appeal, a Texas judge in December agreed with a coalitionof Republican states that President Barack Obama's signaturehealth-care overhaul should be scrapped because Congress removedthe penalty for not having insurance.

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