Justice Department asks for delay in Obamacare case due to shutdown

(CNN) – The Justice Department is asking a federal judge in an Obamacare case for an extension of a filing deadline because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.

The latest filing is unlikely to substantially delay the case.

Last week, Democrats in the House moved to intervene in an ongoing lawsuit to defend Obamacare.

A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general is currently defending the law.

The move came after a federal District Judge in Texas issued an opinion last month declaring the healthcare law’s individual mandate unconstitutional.

The judge said as a result, the rest of the law could not stand but would remain in effect pending appeal.

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