It's rare for the Justice Department to decline to defend a federal law.
"It's time for us to move on, move forward, unify and focus on the things that matter to Arizonans and Americans". If not, they have suggested subpoenas could be issued. It was too early to turn on Mueller (who had been held up for two years as a Messiah-like figure who would save them from the Trump presidency).
In a capital city consumed with the political storm over special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report, Democrats are trying to show they also care about policy by falling back on an issue that worked well for them in last year's midterm elections.
Republicans and the Trump administration are demanding apologies after the Mueller Report verdicts.
Democratic strategist and campaign veteran Jesse Ferguson said Trump's party "lost the midterms" as a result of its position on health care. GOP senators applauded his arrival, and he celebrated what he called his "clean bill of health".
"When Democrats are setting themselves ablaze by advocating for the destruction of American health care, try to resist the temptation of asking them to pass the kerosene", tweeted Josh Holmes, a Republican consultant who previously served as chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, became the first 2020 candidate to weigh in on the filing with her criticism Monday night.
Some estimate that up to 20 million Americans could lose their health insurance policies.
For Republicans, the renewed effort threatened to pick the scab of old political wounds.
Later this week, House Democrats will introduce new healthcare reform package created to expand on the existing Obamacare reforms.
"The Department of Justice has determined that the district court's judgment should be affirmed", DOJ lawyers wrote to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
"That obviously hurt us last November because it was mischaracterized, but we can do a lot better job of taking care of pre-existing conditions", Wicker said.
Timothy Jost, a Washington & Lee University law professor emeritus who has been tracking Obamacare litigation since the measure was signed into law in 2010, said the change actually had the opposite effect, removing any injury for which the suing states could demand redress. "Here there are reasonable arguments to be made".
As to the third theory, it doesn't seem likely that Mueller concluded there was a sound basis for prosecuting Trump, but didn't want to say so.
"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!"
McCarthy's office did not immediately respond to request for comment when contacted by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
A separate court case in 2012 was over whether such a penalty was legal - but now that it is gone, O'Connor said, the whole ACA should be stricken down because that provision is "the keystone" of the program.
Preferring the "let's all move on" option, two CNN reporters penned an unintentionally amusing article suggesting that the finding of no collusion was an opportunity to quickly "move past a dark period", but anxious that the president "isn't prepared to let go".