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Texas judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

Texas judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

While the Trump administration said it did not agree with the plaintiffs that the tax law meant the entire ACA was unconstitutional, it said that the provisions of the law guaranteeing that people with preexisting health conditions could purchase coverage at the same price as everyone else were so inextricably linked to the tax penalty that they should be struck.

But on Friday, Texas District Judge Reed O'Connor agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law past year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidated the entire Obamacare law.

"It's absolutely ludicrous to hold that we do not know whether the 2017 Congress would have wanted the rest of the ACA to exist without an enforceable mandate, because the 2017 Congress did exactly that when it zeroed out the mandate and left the rest of the ACA standing", Yale Law School professor Abbe Gluck told the Washington Post. "Once again, the President calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with pre-existing conditions and provide Americans with quality, affordable health care". Supreme Court observers noted that the highest court decided on this case already in 2012, ruling at the time that the individual mandate was constitutional because people who didn't buy health insurance would be taxed for it. "23 million people who get health care coverage under the ACA", Collins said on By Any Means Necessary.

"This isn't going to affect people now enrolled in Obamacare policies for 2019", Collins said on CNN.

Where Roberts might fall this time is anybody's guess - as the case before the lower courts strikes at the heart of his rationale for upholding the law's individual mandate.

Because of the important role health coverage plays in Brown's day-to-day life, she has kept a close eye on any new developments involved with the law. If the decision stands, it would wipe out all aspects of Obamacare, including protections for pre-existing conditions, preventive benefits coverage in all plans, mandate that children can remain on their parents' plans up to age 26, expansion of Medicaid, premium subsidies and efforts to phase out the prescription drug donut hole in Medicare. There is not now a viable alternative to the law that can pass the House and Senate and get signed into law by President Trump. He did not, however, issue an injunction, meaning the law can continue to be applied as the appeal process continues. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led the lawsuit and came under fire during his 2018 re-election campaign for specifically targeting coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Democrats are pledging an appeal after a Federal judge ruled Obamacare unconstitutional, but Yahoo Finance's Rick Newman says the ruling could actually boost the popularity of the program.

The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has been a political football since it was conceived.

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It is hard to overstate what would happen to the nation's health care system if the decision is ultimately upheld. Be able to get great healthcare. But with that "tax" - or penalty - having been removed starting next year, Republicans challenging the law in this case argued the program is now illegal.

Asked about the President's tweet, Blunt wouldn't say whether he agreed with it.

The Affordable Care Act has sharply reduced the number of uninsured Americans since 2010, covering 20 million more people than if the law had not taken effect, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

"The judge's ruling was far too sweeping".

"The ruling seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned", said a statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

While ACP hopes and anticipates that this decision by a single federal judge in Texas will be reversed on appeal, we take nothing for granted and will be doing all that we can to ensure that patients do not lose current law protections.

The law's provisions are still in effect in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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