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Democratic-controlled House can intervene in Obamacare lawsuit, judge says

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives will be allowed to intervene in an ongoing lawsuit that threatens to bring down the Affordable Care Act, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

The move allows the House to join in the lawsuit that’s pitting Democratic- and Republican-controlled states against each other over the future of Obamacare.

A federal judge in Texas ruled in December that the ACA is unconstitutional because Congress had eliminated the individual mandate penalty by reducing it to $0, starting this year. This rendered the mandate itself unconstitutional and the rest of the law therefore cannot stand, the judge said.