(CNN)On Friday, a federal judge in Texas added the latest chapter to the nearly decade-long legal and political fight over the Affordable Care Act by ruling that the individual mandate, which forced everyone to have some sort of health insurance, was unconstitutional — and predicting that the entire law would fail.
But in a twist, the judge didn’t throw the law out. In fact, the ACA — colloquially known as Obamacare — remains the law of the land today as it awaits certain appeal in higher courts.
In an attempt to sort through all of this chaos and confusion, I reached out to CNN’s health care guru, Tami Luhby, for answers. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.