THIS IS HUGE!
A day before the deadline to register for healthcare coverage the judge declared that Obamacare was unconstitutional, Bloomberg News reported.
Obamacare was struck down by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of U.S. residents.
The decision Friday finding the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional comes just before the end of a six-week open enrollment period for the program in 2019 and underscores a divide between Republicans who have long sought to invalidate the law and Democrats who fought to keep it in place.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that he had to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the signature health-care overhaul by President Barack Obama, after Congress last year zeroed out a key provision — the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance. The decision is almost certain to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.
“Today’s ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the ACA’s consumer protections for health care, and on America’s faithful progress toward affordable health care for all Americans,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. A spokeswoman for Becerra said an appeal will be filed before Jan. 1.
Texas and an alliance of 19 states argued to the judge that they’ve been harmed by an increase in the number of people on state-supported insurance rolls. They claimed that when Congress repealed the tax penalty last year, it eliminated the U.S. Supreme Court’s rationale for finding the ACA constitutional in 2012.
The Texas judge agreed.
“The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole,” O’Connor wrote.
Interesting. Let’s see what SCOTUS does this time around, because it’s most certainly heading there. https://t.co/uIFXteAxX7
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 15, 2018
Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Acthttps://t.co/bHdRI1j6lH
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) December 15, 2018
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) December 15, 2018
This was always going to be the endgame for Obamacare and a million righties said so in 2010 https://t.co/OeZSFsxGS4
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) December 15, 2018
Hope so! It’s the most unAmerican thing I can think of. The government forcing you to buy healthcare. Totalitarianism.
— Man (@izzyrz) December 15, 2018
Fast track to the Supreme court different time different outcome
— Dave Nichols (@xxdalejrxx88) December 15, 2018