Trump tweeted Friday night that "Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions".
FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows HealthCare.gov website on a computer screen in NY.
Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate said, "the Republican attorneys general who brought this lawsuit did not do the Republican Party any favor", noting that the ongoing push from Republicans to void Obamacare could wipe out the ability of people with pre-existing conditions to buy coverage.
This evening, as the Affordable Care Act's enrollment period ended, Judge Reed O'Connor of the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas issued his much-awaited opinion in Texas v.
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.
Republicans had tried to strike it down in the courts, but when they couldn't do that, they included a repeal of the mandate in the Tax Cuts and and Jobs Act of 2017, Bloomberg reported. In response, more and more democrats are shifting towards supporting a Medicare For All-type of program.
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He said the country must also be "clear-eyed" about threats including from groups such as the Islamic State. The announcement first came from a tweet from Trump who positioned the departure as retirement.
The judgment has been hailed as a victory by U.S. President Donald Trump who has always been fiercely critical of Obamacare.
Democrats see the law as a signature achievement of former president Barack Obama, while Republicans dismiss it as governmental overreach. On top of that, they said if the mandate is struck down, the entire law should be nullified because the provision is so vital.
"As the individual mandate was an essential element of the ACA, the whole of Obamacare was therefore unconstitutional", O'Connor said. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the leader of a coalition supporting the health care law, called the ruling "misguided" and said the coalition would fight to preserve it. He urged maintaining provisions such as protections for pre-existing medical conditions, no lifetime dollar limits on insurance coverage, and allowing young adults to stay on parental coverage until age 26.
For Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the ruling "seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned". "US-Law-Profs-Amicus-Br.pdf">this amicus brief. I also debated the merits of the case in this FedSoc podcast.
"The legal merits of the case are frivolous", said University of MI law professor Nicholas Bagley. He wrote that the rest of the law can not be separated from that provision and therefore was invalid.
Democrats have said for years the sweeping Obamacare law - which covers multiple aspects of the health insurance industry - has flaws that need fixing and have been open to changes.
Judge O'Connor, a George W Bush appointee, said that "the individual mandate is unconstitutional" and because the mandate can not be separated from the rest of the law, Obamacare is invalid.