Obamacare Is Ruled Unconstitutional by a Federal Judge -- What Now?

Obamacare Is Ruled Unconstitutional by a Federal Judge -- What Now?

Obamacare Is Ruled Unconstitutional by a Federal Judge -- What Now?

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, meanwhile, denounced U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. With the elimination of the penalty in Trump's 2017 tax overhaul, the mandate has now been ruled to be a simple order requiring people to purchase health care, and thus unconstitutional.

"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.

O'Connor ruled that under the logic of the landmark 2012 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law, the individual mandate, which required that most Americans obtain health insurance or pay a tax, is now unconstitutional.

About 52 million adults aged 18 to 64, or 27 percent of people in that age group, would not be eligible for coverage under practices that were in effect in most states before the Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan research organization.

"We've increased choice, we've increased competition, and for the first time in a long time, premiums on the exchanges are going down".

Ted Frank, a lawyer and conservative ACA critic, told the Post that he thought the ruling was "embarrassing", and the the judge was "twisting (himself) into knots" to justify striking the law, suggesting he doubted higher courts would affirm the ruling.

For the next several weeks, then, health care and health insurance will be at the top of America's legal, legislative and political agendas. "Such as coverage of people with pre-existing conditions, the mandated benefits for substance abuse and mental illness treatment, and also allowing young people to stay on their parents' policies until age 26".

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President Donald Trump praised the decision the day after its passing, telling reporters Saturday that if the decision is upheld, the administration would be working with Democratic lawmakers to secure "great, great health care for our people". For now, it said in a statement, "the law remains in place". Many Republican attorneys general filed a lawsuit alleging that the policy is unconstitutional. Ahead of the midterms, almost 60 percent of likely voters said they wanted to keep the ACA, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll in late October.

Polls consistently show strong public support for the ACA guarantee of coverage regardless of pre-existing health conditions - an issue Democrats used with great success in last month's midterm elections as they won control of the House of Representatives. As lieutenant governor, he first joined an anti-ACA lawsuit in 2011-a year after President Obama signed it into law-which Mississippi State Sen. O'Connor's decision is likely to be appealed, numerous healthcare experts have said. "There is no impact to current coverage or coverage in a 2019 plan". "The legacy of the GOP's Obamacare repeal strategy won't be the Affordable Care Act's destruction, but Medicare-for-all's construction".

Luckily, the ruling doesn't go into effect immediately and it should be overturned before anyone loses their coverage.

The 2012 Supreme Court case was over whether such a penalty was legal - but now that it is gone, O'Connor says the whole Affordable Care Act should be stricken down because the provision is "the keystone" of the program.

The proliferation of such low-priced plans could raise the cost of ACA-compliant plans, Kaiser says, by drawing away younger, healthier people who do not think they need strong coverage, leaving a more costly, sicker group in the ACA-compliant pool. Pingree goes on to call the ruling "absurd" and says it will be appealed.

"Well, I actually think that judge, it was a silly ruling by the judge".

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