Federal Judge In Fort Worth Strikes Down Obamacare As Unconstitutional

Federal Judge In Fort Worth Strikes Down Obamacare As Unconstitutional

Federal Judge In Fort Worth Strikes Down Obamacare As Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday evening that key components of the Affordable Care Act -better known as Obamacare- were unconstitutional; saying the "entire health-care law" violates federal law.

"The lawsuit had to do with whether when Congress a year ago repealed or eliminated the penalty for not having insurance - it was a tax penalty for people who didn't have insurance - whether that meant the rest of the law didn't apply anymore".

A federal judge in Texas ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act "invalid" Friday, the eve of the sign-up deadline for coverage next year. 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. "Mitch and Nancy, get it done!" he wrote.

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Shortly afterwards, President Trump tweeted, "As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!"

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.

"The judge's decision vindicates President Trump's position that Obamacare is unconstitutional", Sanders continued. Because the mandate is an essential part of the ACA in the judge's view, that led him to rule that the entire health law should be struck down. However, the Trump administration officials said that many parts of the law could continue to remain in place.

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In oral arguments in September, a lawyer for California said that the harm from striking down the law would be "devastating" and that more than 20 million Americans were able to gain health insurance under it.

"Today's ruling enjoining Obamacare halts an unconstitutional exertion of federal power over the American health care system while our multistate coalition lawsuit works its way through the courts", Paxton said in the statement.

The case is now likely to go to the US Supreme Court.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led the team of Democratic state attorneys general defending Obamacare in Texas, called O'Connor's ruling "misguided" and an "assault" on Americans.

Democratic leaders, meanwhile, reacted harshly to the decision.

The move now threatens 20 million who rely on its coverage.

'The Individual Mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress's Tax Power and is still impermissible under the Interstate Commerce Clause - meaning the Individual Mandate is unconstitutional, ' the judge wrote. 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".

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