The Republican attorneys general, including
With that response due Wednesday, Texas Solicitor General
The delay is opposed by Democratic-led states and the
The law, sometimes known as Obamacare, remains in effect during the appeal.
"Allowing this appeal to proceed on its current schedule will provide some measure of certainty about the ACA's future to states, the health care system -- including providers and insurers -- and ordinary Americans, and allow them to structure their affairs accordingly," the lawyers told the court.
Last Wednesday, the appeals court raised several late questions and gave lawyers on both sides one week to answer them:
• Do the Democratic-run states and the
• If the parties lack standing, is there a "live case or controversy" for the court to pursue?
• What would be the "appropriate conclusion" to the case if nobody has standing to appeal?
"The attorneys should also be prepared to address these questions at oral argument," the court said.
Supporters of the law viewed the request with alarm, noting that the lower-court ruling would stand if the appeal is tossed out on procedural grounds.
In the request for a delay filed late Monday, Hawkins told the court that it was unlikely the states could have their answers completed in time.
"These important and potentially dispositive questions merit a thorough response that represents the cohesive views of (the) states and their respective attorneys general," he wrote.
This is a developing story.
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