After judge's ruling against Obamacare, what happens now?

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The president weighed in on the judicial process as the ruling on Friday cast great uncertainty over the US health-care system, with the expectation that the case would ultimately make its way to the Supreme Court. "Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place".

One legal expert, who supports the ACA, has warned that O'Connor's ruling would have repercussions for almost all Americans if it stands. "And for (Republicans) just to throw up their hands and say, "Well, it'd be great if we just started from scratch" - that's not what the American people believe; just look at the results from the last election".

Democrats tried and failed to force a vote on the Manchin proposal in August, and a Manchin unanimous consent request to call up and pass the measure n September 5, faced objection. There is not now a viable alternative to the law that can pass the House and Senate and get signed into law by President Trump. The plaintiffs argued that because the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 as a constitutional use of its taxing power, the elimination of the tax makes the rest of the law unconstitutional. Young adults up to the age of 26 are allowed to remain on their parents' health plans.

Where Roberts might fall this time is anybody's guess - as the case before the lower courts strikes at the heart of his rationale for upholding the law's individual mandate.


A key part of the Affordable Care Act that Obama signed into law in 2010 was the provision requiring people to have health insurance or pay a penalty if they refused. And, if we're really #blessed, Donald Trump's rage at 20 million Americans not losing their health coverage will induce a presidential stroke. "It was a big, big victory by a highly respected judge". He tweeted Friday night that "As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!"

Trump urged Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the House of Representatives speaker-designate, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, to "pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT health care".

The judge's ruling would, since it overturns the entire act, also end provisions that have little to do with health insurance.

Earlier this year, CT tried to pass a state mandate, but the effort failed. Since the 1790s, the federal courts have never had the authority to give legal advice; they are obliged constitutionally to decide genuine "cases or controversies" - actual, real-world lawsuits. "The ACA is still the law of the land". Add Health Care Overhaul as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Health Care Overhaul news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Mental health services and affordable medicine would be put at risk.


"To give a contrary example to those who are critical of this opinion, alleging that it will cause people to lose their insurance, I would point to the fact that you already have millions of people who have lost their insurance because of their inability to afford" the government-mandated plans, Henneke said. Despite arguing for years the mandate was essential to the success of Obamacare, they're now backtracking in an attempt to save what's left.

Health-care stocks were among the worst performers in the S&P 500 selloff Monday as hospitals and insurance stocks sink on a judge's ruling Friday that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Republicans who campaigned on promises to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, which 90 percent of Americans say they support, may now find themselves having to defend a ruling that eliminates those protections.

She vowed that when Democrats take control of the House next month, lawmakers "will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process" to uphold Obamacare.

O'Connor agreed with Texas and other Republican-led states that challenged the law that the elimination of the penalty rendered the requirement to have health insurance unconstitutional. "Our fight to save Obamacare is far from over".


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