US Dist. Judge Reed O'Connor says 2017 tax law ended the penalty for not having insurance
Julie Rovner, reporting for Kaiser Health News
, discusses the issue before U.S. Dist. Judge Reed O'Connor in the case Tex. v. United States
(2018 U.S. Dist. Lexis 211547): "the tax bill passed by Congress last December, 2017 effectively rendered the entire health law unconstitutional. . . that tax measure eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. A 2010 Supreme Court decision upheld the ACA based on the view that the penalty was a tax and thus the law was valid because it relied on appropriate power allowed Congress under the Constitution.