US judge finds obamacare unconstitutional

US judge finds obamacare unconstitutional

US judge finds obamacare unconstitutional

A judge sided with Texas late Friday in a lawsuit alleging that Congress's decision in 2017 to kill a related tax penalty essentially voided the entire Affordable Care Act.

US President Donald Trump said today he believes "we're going to get really good health care" because an "exciting thing has happened over the last 24 hours".

O'Connor ruled that under the logic of the landmark 2012 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law, the individual mandate, which required that most Americans obtain health insurance or pay a tax, is now unconstitutional.

Then the White House issued this statement: "We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court". The final enrollment numbers won't be released until later this month by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She 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 Affordable Care Act".

Yes. In 2012, the Supreme Court reasoned that while government can not order citizens to buy something, Obamacare's "shared-responsibility payment" (a.k.a. penalty) for not having an insurance plan effectively amounts to a tax, which is an acceptable government practice. O'Connor was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, castigated Republicans for "pretending to support people with pre-existing conditions while quietly trying to remove that support in the courts". At the same time, they have voted to fund the Pentagon's $717 billion budget to pursue the U.S. military's criminal interventions across the globe.

If the court were to overturn the law, it would leave the Trump administration and a divided Congress in a remarkably hard situation - scrambling to come up with an alternative that has eluded the law's critics in Washington ever since its passage in 2010.

Friday's decision could also give a boost to liberal Democrats who won hotly contested races running as advocates of "Medicare for all". If O'Connor's decision is upheld - Obamacare's protections will stay in place while an anticipated appeal is pending - about 17 million Americans could lose their insurance.




"#Republicans' legal crusade against the #AffordableCareAct is a political stunt, but a risky one that puts health coverage and vital health protections for millions of Americans at risk", Democratic Sen.

The Texas judge agreed.

Other insurers that slipped included Molina Healthcare Inc. and Anthem Inc., companies that have benefited from either the insurance exchanges or the law's Medicaid expansion. He deemed that mandating the purchase of health insurance was unconstitutional - and thus that the whole law should be tossed out. "To find otherwise would be to introduce an entirely new regulatory scheme never intended by Congress or signed by the president".

The states challenging the law were led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, both Republicans.

The Affordable Care Act that protects people with pre-existing conditions is at risk after a federal judge in Texas ruled it unconstitutional. "Now we have a judge saying we have an unenforceable mandate".

However, they have mounted only symbolic opposition to the Trump administration's assault on the social programs depended upon by millions of Americans to survive. United States, a lawsuit filed by 20 states seeking to undo the ACA. 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.

On Friday, a federal judge in the Lone Star State decided that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. But the timing of the controversial ruling, which came one day before the end of the main open-enrollment period on December 15, may have confused people and could lower sign-up numbers even for those with extensions. Those include parts of the law on adding calorie counts on restaurant menus and speeding to market cheaper versions of costly biotechnology drugs.

Most legal experts, it's worth noting, are skeptical of the arguments made in this case - even those that have worked on other legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

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