USA federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

USA federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

USA federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

Becerra called Friday's ruling "an assault on 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the ACA's consumer protections for healthcare, on America's faithful progress toward affordable healthcare for all Americans". They argued the judge should spare the rest of the law, which includes Medicaid expansion, the employer mandate, health exchanges, premium subsidies and federal health-care reimbursement rates for hospitals.

"Congress stated many times unequivocally - through enacted text signed by the president - that the individual mandate is "essential" to the ACA", O'Connor wrote. Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. The case will now go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, where the majority of the judges have been appointed by Republican presidents.

The Texas court ruling came a day before the deadline for Obamacare enrolment for the coming year.

Twenty Republican state attorneys general initially sued the Trump administration to invalidate the entire law in February, citing Chief Justice John Roberts' opinion.

However, California Attorney General Xavier Becarra said the decision would be appealed right away, Politico reported.

The future of the Affordable Care Act might be hanging in the balance thanks to a federal judge in Texas, but Obamacare coverage isn't over just yet.

"Once the heart of the ACA - the individual mandate - is declared unconstitutional, the remainder of the ACA must also fall", the lawsuit said.

Analysts said the ruling might cause chaos in the final hours of Obamacare enrollment but wouldn't have an immediate effect, since the mandate penalty doesn't shrink to zero until the new year and liberal officials will move for a stay.

The top Senate Democrat on Friday night criticized the court's decision. "The judge's decision vindicates President Trump's position that Obamacare is unconstitutional".

"We'll continue to fight in court for New Yorkers and all Americans", she said on Twitter. On Sept. 5, the case went before Reed, spurring local protests at Burnett Park to demonstrate against Paxton's lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. They don't need their own health insurance.

Because the administration would not defend the law, California, joined by 16 other Democratic states, stepped in.

The American Medical Association called O'Connor's ruling an "unfortunate step backward for our health system that is contrary to overwhelming public sentiment to preserve pre-existing condition protections".

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, insurers often rejected applicants who are or had been ill or offered them only limited coverage with high rates. And the ban on excluding pre-existing conditions from coverage meant that insurers can not refuse to pay for treatments because of a policyholder's medical background.

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