The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has ordered a judge to issue an order granting a class-action lawsuit by more than 5,000 former physicians who allege they were harmed by the coronabavirus outbreak.
The court, the first to rule on the suit, is expected to issue its ruling within weeks.
The case stems from a 2011 coronaviral outbreak that sickened hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Doctors were ordered to stay away from patients with respiratory conditions, especially those who had received a flu shot, but some chose to practice, leading to some of the most costly lawsuits in U.S. history.
The lawsuit seeks to prevent further harm to people who had to seek treatment, including doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals.
The suit is the latest in a series of court challenges to the Affordable Care Act, which has been under attack from some conservative groups who say the law unfairly targets the poor and disabled.
In November, a federal judge ordered the government to begin reimbursing doctors and hospitals for the costs of administering Obamacare’s insurance subsidies, a move that was seen as a signal to those seeking the program’s reinsurance.