US judge throws out Maryland bid to protect Obamacare law

A US judge on Friday (Feb 1) threw out the state of Maryland's bid to protect the health-care law known as Obamacare in a ruling that also sidestepped a decision on whether President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney-general was lawful.In a win for the Republican president, Baltimore-based US District Judge Ellen Hollander said Maryland had failed to show that the Trump administration is likely to terminate enforcement of the 2010 law, officially called the Affordable Care Act.

The claim made by Maryland Attorney-General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, "consists of little more than supposition and conjecture about President Trump's possible actions," Hollander wrote.

"In effect, the state proclaims that the sky is falling. But, falling acorns, even several of them, do not amount to a falling sky," Hollander added.

Trump's administration has taken several steps to undermine Obamacare after Congress failed in Republican efforts to repeal the law championed by Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

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