A Texas Federal Judge Ruled That The Affordable Care Act is Unconstitutional

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The US Supreme Court looks set to consider next year whether Obamacare is unconstitutional Credit AFP

"It was big victory by a highly respected judge respected in Texas", President Trump said.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, said in a statement that "Democrats may have won the House by running a fear-mongering campaign, unfortunately their reckless legislating has not proven to be as effective for the American people who have to live under this failed system".

Officials with MNsure, the state of Minnesota's health insurance exchange, issued a statement Saturday that the court ruling "will not affect MNsure's open enrollment period, (Minnesotans') current coverage or their coverage in 2019". Becerra said of the ruling, "Today's ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the ACA's consumer protections for healthcare, on America's faithful progress toward affordable healthcare for all Americans". Numerous high-ranking Republican lawmakers have said they did not intend to also strike down popular provisions such as protection for people with pre-existing medical conditions when they repealed the ACA's fines for people who can afford coverage but remain uninsured.

In his 55-page opinion, O'Connor agreed, writing that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and "can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress' tax power".

The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 and became the signature domestic policy achievement of the Obama administration. They claimed that when Congress past year repealed the tax penalty for the so-called individual mandate, it eliminated the U.S. Supreme Court's rationale for finding the ACA constitutional in 2012.

The White House praised the court's ruling that the entire ACA, known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional due to a change in federal tax law.

Insurance and physicians' groups were less enthusiastic.

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Given the district court ruling in Texas, Schumer intends to make another run at securing a vote. Klobuchar says the ruling Friday by the Texas judge contradicts the 2012 ruling by the U.S.

Trump immediately tweeted that the ruling struck Obamacare down as an "unconstitutional disaster" and called for Congress to pass a "strong" health care bill that would cover pre-existing conditions - an issue that Democrats have criticized Republicans for not paying enough attention to.

AHIP's opposition to the ruling, however, has little to do with this potential suffering and everything to do with the threat to the insurers' bottom line. However, a different majority held the mandate amounted to a constitutional tax penalty.

"The thing to remember about the judge's ruling is it has no immediate impact", he said. Sign-ups on the federal health insurance marketplace have been low this season, tumbling 11.7 percent from the same time a year ago, according to the latest figures from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Capitol Hill Republicans are now stuck between their antipathy for the 2010 law and the real-world difficulty of offering low-priced health care coverage that protects sicker Americans.

The Affordable Care Act runs for more than 1,000 pages and includes many provisions - the exchanges for individuals that are frequently political footballs - and a long list of other measures and protections created to expand insurance coverage.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer condemned the "awful" ruling and vowed congressional action as soon as possible for an "intervention" in the case.

In an appearance on "Meet the Press", Sen. "It's pretty bananas", said Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland who helped craft a separate lawsuit that came within two Supreme Court votes of gutting Obamacare in 2014. "We should look at opportunities that give families flexibility in obtaining healthcare while also allowing states the ability to innovate".

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