“The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing.”
– Caroline Kennedy
Last week a federal judge ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no longer valid because of the elimination of the individual mandate penalty. The individual mandate was removed in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the ACA was legal because Congress has the right to tax. However, without the individual mandate tax, the federal judge ruled that ACA is invalid.
Before you and your HR team celebrate ACA paperwork being a thing of the past, the Trump Administration has already announced that President Obama’s signature legislation will remain in place until the appeal process, which will ultimately end up in the Supreme Court, concludes. If you have any questions about your benefits as it relates to the ACA or if you need help with compliance, contact a BenefitCorp consultant here.