ObamaCare ruling should be upheld by Supreme Court: Judge Napolitano

U.S. federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

U.S. federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

Before anyone gets too panicked about the weekend ruling by a Texas federal judge named Reed O'Connor that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, they should check out an article from Vox.com by Sarah Kiff, entitled "Federal court rules Obamacare unconstitutional - but the law stands for now".

"If this very bad ruling is upheld in the higher courts, it will be a disaster for tens of millions of American families, especially for people with pre-existing conditions", Schumer said in a statement.

The new ruling is "the third chapter in the trilogy" of major challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Henneke said.

When Congress in 2017 effectively repealed the mandate that compelled Americans to buy health insurance it "sawed off the last leg it [i.e. Obamacare] stood on", the judge held.

"#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.

But Democrats, who have seen the law survive scores of legal and legislative attacks, vowed to fight back, saying the health coverage of millions of Americans is at stake.

"This is a five-alarm fire", said Sen. FAH believes this ruling would have a devastating impact on the patients we serve and the nation's health care system as a whole.

"Get it done!" he told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is expected to be speaker in January. There's nearly no chance this ruling holds.

Since the law's formative stages amid concern about millions of Americans lacking health insurance, Republicans have opposed Obamacare, calling it a costly and unneeded government intrusion into Americans' lives.

But some experts noted that when Congress passed the ACA in 2010, lawmakers acknowledged that the requirement that insurers provided coverage for pre-existing medical conditions had to be paired with the mandate in order to work.

Luckily, the ruling doesn't go into effect immediately and it should be overturned before anyone loses their coverage. He said judges who find that portions of laws are invalid are required "to do as little damage as possible" to the rest of the law, and O'Connor had ignored that principle.

But the timing of the decision seemed created to maximize political reverberations.

This comes the day before the Saturday deadline to enroll in the ACA.

NPR's Kodjak says the state of California has already said it will appeal the ruling.

In an email to millions of Americans on Saturday, the Trump administration tried to allay concerns caused by the court decision in the Texas case. No amount of federal subsidies would protect them. "The marketplaces are still open for business, and we will continue with open enrollment".

Amy Klobuchar is continuing to blast a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. "Great news for America!"

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that the Affordable Care Act, the signature health-care overhaul by President Barack Obama, needed to be eviscerated after Congress past year zeroed out a key provision - the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance.

Despite Trump's celebration of the judge's decision, his administration made clear that the current law remains in effect for now.

Democrats weren't the only ones to criticize the decision. Though not all lost their elections - some retired - it's still a powerful message that the ACA may be a winning issue for Democrats, and this ruling keeps it squarely in the spotlight.

"Democrats need to put a bright North Star in the sky for 2020 voters showing what Democrats would do with more power, and making clear that we're moving toward "Medicare for all" as a big part of a 2020 electoral strategy", said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, an advocacy group.

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