ACA Struck Down in its Entirety by District court judge

ACA Struck Down in its Entirety by District court judge

ACA Struck Down in its Entirety by District court judge

The decision Friday by a federal judge in Texas to strike down all of the Affordable Care Act has thrust the volatile debate over health care onto center stage in a newly divided capital, imperiling the insurance coverage of millions of Americans while delivering a possible policy opening to Democrats.

NPR's Alison Kodjak reports that the ACA expanded Medicaid, which has allowed more than 10 million people to get coverage in states that chose to expand the program. "We should be expanding access to health insurance, including behavioral health services, rather than stripping coverage from Americans in need". The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, has already upheld the Affordable Care Act's legality.

"This is a five-alarm fire", said Sen. He likened the debate over which provisions of the law should stand or fail to "watching a slow game of Jenga, each party poking at a different provision to see if the ACA falls".

"On the assumption that the Supreme Court upholds, we will get great, great health care for our people", President Trump told reporters during a visit Saturday to Arlington National Cemetery.

Still, Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become House speaker in January, vowed to fight what she called an "absurd ruling".

Without the system being upheld by a wide pool of mandated participants, the ACA can not stand, O'Connor ruled.

Judge O'Connor did not rule the law has to be enjoined immediately.

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

Regardless, even if Kavanaugh and Trump-nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch were to side with the rest of the conservative wing against the law, Roberts would be needed to constitute a majority.

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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.

What does the federal court ruling mean?

. "The marketplaces are still open for business, and we will continue with open enrollment".

The ACA was signed into law by former US President Barack Obama in 2010 to provide affordable health care to all Americans. "Great news for America!"

Many legal experts predicted U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor's decision on Friday eventually will be reversed on appeal considering that the law has been upheld by the Supreme Court, but the uncertainty created by the ruling drove down healthcare stocks on Monday. The judge found that the "myriad parts" of the law are all interconnected. If the decision is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the USA health care system.

Democrats weren't the only ones to criticize the decision. Considerable momentum has formed behind that insanely expensive and bad policy, and without ObamaCare blocking its path, there might not be much to hold it back if a Democrat wins the White House in 2020.

Warnings about the Texas lawsuit were part of the political narrative behind Democrats' electoral gains. "It seems pretty clear that the presidential nominee, whoever it is, will support Medicare for all". So about 12 million people who gained coverage could be left uninsured.

Screenshot of the HealthCare.gov website. In other words, the government will no longer financially penalize, or tax, people who don't buy insurance. This year's enrollment period is now ending except for in Rhode Island, where it will end December 23, and in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and the District of Columbia, where it will end in January.

"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 healthcare, on America's faithful progress toward affordable healthcare for all Americans", Becerra said Friday.

What is Plan B if the entire law is struck down? Elimination of the penalty doesn't go into effect until 2019. "The court finds the individual mandate "is essential to" and inseverable from "the other provisions of" the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Those states are Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, Utah and Virginia.

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