An attorney says it's no surprise to watch liberals defend the Affordable Care Act from being scrapped.
More than a dozen Democratic attorneys general have appealed a federal judge's decision that the ACA, or "Obamacare," is unconstitutional.
Judge Reed O'Connor said in December that, because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act zeros out the tax penalty in the ACA for not having health coverage, the entire health care law should be scrapped.
"Our goal is simple: to stand up for the law of the land --- the Affordable Care Act --- in order to keep healthcare affordable and accessible for millions of Americans," proclaimed Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D-California) in a statement.
"It was expected that California and the liberal blue state coalition would appeal the ruling," says Texas Public Policy Foundation attorney Robert Henneke, who represented people in the case claiming they were financially harmed by the Affordable Care Act.
"They've been a litigating party this entire time," he adds, "and it was announced the moment the ruling came out that they were going to appeal."
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party-majority House of Representatives plans to intervene in the case.
Henneke views that as more political theater and says Americans are tired of "all talk and no action" from Congress.
The appeal will be heard in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Arguments are expected in early fall, with a decision by Thanksgiving or close to Christmas 2019.