Federal Judge Strikes Down Obamacare

  • 12/15/2018 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
A Texas judge struck down the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare, Friday in a decision that could impact the health insurance status of millions of Americans amid a six-week open enrollment period for the law. 

Per Fox News:

Texas, along with 19 states, had argued to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor that they had been hurt by a jump in the amount of people utilizing state-backed insurance. When Congress cut the tax penalty from the program in 2017, the states claimed, it essentially undercut the Supreme Court’s reasoning for finding former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation constitutional in 2012.

“The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole,” O’Connor wrote in a 55-page opinion, according to Bloomberg. O'Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who previously blocked other Obama-era policies.

"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster," President Trump tweeted following the ruling. "Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!"

In a second tweet, the president declared the ruling to be "great news for America!"

Insiders expect the ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court.
 Source: AAN
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