ObamaCare unconstitutional? What to know

ObamaCare unconstitutional? What to know

A US federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional, a decision that was likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court, Trend reports citing Reuters.

The case will be appealed, said Hill, and it will take many years to get to the Supreme Court, so "nothing is happening" with regard to the high deductibles involved in many Obamacare plans.

After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was "invalid", President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White House says the current law will remain in place for now.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law previous year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidated the entire Obamacare law.

Judge Reed O'Connor held that because last year's tax reform bill set the individual mandate's tax to zero, it no longer functioned as an instance of Congress' constitutionally protected power to tax.

Trump lost no time in tweeting his delight at the court's ruling on a complaint brought by several Republican attorneys general and two Republican governors.


Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said "Obamacare is a broken law", but added, "I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure America's healthcare system works for all Americans".

Those contradictory claims continued Friday night, when the president tweeted his approval of the ruling.

"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an unconstitutional disaster!"

Conservative Republicans have long opposed President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare plan which he signed into law in 2010. Now Congress must pass a strong law that provides great healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions.

At issue in the case is the individual mandate, which requires people to have health insurance. "And they call that success", Democratic congressman Joe Kennedy wrote on the social media site.

Pelosi said the House "will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process to uphold the life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions and reject Republicans' effort to destroy" the law.


Then, in the midterm election, the American people delivered a record-breaking margin of nearly 10 million votes against House Republicans' vile assault on health care, she said.

Klobuchar said federal law dictates Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) tell Congress within 24 hours if someone in dies its custody.

The Affordable Care Act has yet again beaten predictions of its downfall, as government figures released Wednesday showed unexpectedly solid sign-ups for health coverage next year.

But if the latest legal challenge to ObamaCare ends up before the Supreme Court, the outcome is far from certain.

For that reason, if the ruling were to take effect, it could create major disruptions across the USA health-care system - affecting which drugs patients can buy, preventive services for older Americans, the expansion of Medicaid in most states and the structure of the Indian Health Service.

Spokespersons for the health care industry, for hospitals and other medical providers, and operators of the state-run health insurance "exchanges" (marketplaces where insurance is available under Obamacare) have complained that there would be utter chaos if Judge O'Connor's ruling would go into effect in practical terms.


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