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ObamaCare unconstitutional? What to know

Obamacare ruled unconstitutional by U.S. federal judge in Texas Texas judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional
Johnnie Parks | 21 December, 2018, 10:55

As Politico reported on Saturday, however, not all Republicans are enthusiastic about the new decision.

Last year, Republicans - while attempting to repeal ObamaCare - ended up getting rid of the penalty. So really there is just no basis for a judge in Texas to just say despite what the body that represents the American people have said, I'm going to decide this is not severable.

"I think when the law passed we all thought the mandate was a very important part of the law".

If the court were to overturn the law, it would leave the Trump administration and a divided Congress in a remarkably hard situation - scrambling to come up with an alternative that has eluded the law's critics in Washington ever since its passage in 2010. It is also possible that the Senate will undertake legislation to secure some of the ACA's more popular consumer protections such as protecting people with preexisting conditions.

Still, Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become House speaker in January, vowed to fight what she called an "absurd ruling". We have now basically been proven that it's important but not as important as we thought because look, we now have experience of the law without it, they removed the mandate.

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He added, "Not only does tonight's ruling confirm that this broken law can not hold up under court scrutiny, but it also affirms that the law does not actually protect people with preexisting conditions. @HouseGOP are the only ones who have passed a sound bill that protects those with preexisting conditions, & we will keep fighting for lower premiums while ensuring families make their own health care choices &, regardless of their health status, can obtain affordable coverage".

Republican Sen. Susan Collins from ME told CNN over the weekend that she thinks the ruling will be overturned. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 because it included an individual mandate - or a tax penalty for Americans who did not buy health insurance.

Another dimension of the controversial case is the fact that Judge O'Connor is widely perceived as a partisan judge, raising questions about his reasoning for deciding that Obamacare must be overturned. As a Wall Street Journal editorial noted Monday, Roberts saved the law in 2012 by describing the mandate penalty as a tax - something Congress has unquestioned authority to impose. "People who castigate judges as "activists" whenever they reach liberal results had better step up to the plate and join those across the spectrum who are condemning this latest ruling as way outside the legal ballpark".

The surprise decision Friday already has both sides of the debate posturing, with Democrats claiming the ruling is but a hiccup and Republicans suggesting this could be their chance, at last, to abolish the law - which remains largely in place despite President Trump's past claims to the contrary.

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