USA judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

USA judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

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.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday sided with a coalition of 20 states that argued requiring people to pay for insurance coverage is illegal because a change in tax law past year eliminated a penalty for not having health insurance.

Trump was speaking after a short tour in the rain of Arlington National Cemetery, where hundreds of thousands of Holiday wreaths are placed each year next to the graves of veterans.

Since the individual mandate penalty was dropped to $0, the Supreme Court's ruling of the law is now a different one than was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, the judge reasoned.

"The judge's decision vindicates President Trump's position that Obamacare is unconstitutional". "He could have taken a much more surgical approach and just struck down the individual mandate and kept the rest of the law intact". Arthur Evans, chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association, said his group was "very concerned for the millions of Americans" who get insurance through the health law.

The Justice Department, which had been defending the law in court for years, announced in June that it would no longer argue for the provision requiring most Americans to get health insurance, and, as a result, the Trump administration said, a separate requirement that insurance companies can not reject people who have preexisting conditions was also invalid.

"As the decision makes its way through the courts, which will take months, if not years, the law remains in place and will likely stay that way", Obama said in a statement. "If a majority of the House and a majority of the Senate say that this case should be overturned, it'll have a tremendous effect on the appeal", Schumer said. Donald Trump made abolishing and replacing the program a central pledge of his presidential campaign.

The Texas ruling "is an assault on 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions" and on all who rely on Obamacare coverage, Becerra said in a statement.

That lawsuit cited a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the mandate as being within Congress' taxation power, saying that the law can't be severed from the tax. "Elected and accountable officials at the federal and state level continue to debate how best to ensure the provision of quality health care to the American people". Roberts, now seen as the court's swing vote, wrote both of those opinions backing the law. They contended that overturning the law would throw millions off health insurance rolls by reversing Medicaid expansion, ending tax credits that help people and empowering insurers to once again deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

The court ruling came on the eve of the deadline for people to sign up for ACA coverage for 2019.

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".

"As the individual mandate was an essential element of the ACA, the whole of Obamacare was therefore unconstitutional", O'Connor said.

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