US federal judge rules Obamacare is 'unconstitutional'

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington D.C. U.S. on Thursday Oct. 12 2017

Obamacare ruled unconstitutional by U.S. federal judge in Texas

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the United States health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional - a ruling that opposition Democrats condemned on Saturday and vowed to appeal.

A federal judge in the U.S. state of Texas has ruled that a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. "Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place", the statement said. "Now Congress must pass a strong law that provides great healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions", he wrote in another tweet.

Twenty Republican-led states brought the lawsuit.

Republicans have opposed the 2010 law - the signature domestic policy achievement of Republican President Donald Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama - since its inception and have repeatedly tried and failed to repeal it.

Republicans continue to attack Obamacare, despite the fact that their position is overwhelmingly unpopular and was a significant factor in losing the majority in the House.

However if this "awful ruling is upheld in the higher courts, it will be a disaster for tens of millions of American families", he said. The Supreme Court's reasoning in NFIB-buttressed by other binding precedent and plain text-thus compels the conclusion that the Individual Mandate may no longer be upheld under the Tax Power.

Timothy Jost, a health law expert and emeritus professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia, said it was "silly" and "irresponsible" for O'Connor to find that the individual mandate could not be separated from the rest of the ACA.

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Also gone will be the law's popular protections for people with pre-existing conditions, which became a major talking point in the November midterm elections, as Democratic candidates constantly reminded voters that congressional Republicans had tried to repeal the law past year.

The decision is nearly certain to be challenged in the US Supreme Court.

Politifact notes that 20 million people gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

It revolves around Congress effectively eliminating the individual mandate penalty by reducing it to Dollars 0 as part of the 2017 tax cut bill.

The court ruling came on the eve of the deadline for people to sign up for ACA coverage for 2019. Numerous high-ranking Republican lawmakers have said they did not intend to also strike down provisions such as protection for people with medical conditions when they repealed the law's fines for people who can afford coverage but remain uninsured. The mandate requires almost all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty.

Analysts said the ruling might cause chaos in the final hours of Obamacare enrollment but wouldn't have an immediate effect, since the mandate penalty doesn't shrink to zero until the new year and liberal officials will move for a stay.

Murkowski on Saturday said she understands that access to affordable, quality health care is critically important for Alaskans. "There's nobody in the Senate that I'm familiar with who is not in favor of coverage of pre-existing conditions".

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