Federal judge in Texas rules ACA is unconstitutional: 8 things to know

Federal judge in Texas rules ACA is unconstitutional: 8 things to know

Ronald Pratt
December 18, 2018

"We have a chance, working with the Democrats, to deliver great HealthCare!" "We will sit down with the Democrats if the Supreme Court upholds", Trump told reporters during a visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on a rainy Saturday.

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he hoped the decision would be overturned. "And for (Republicans) just to throw up their hands and say, "Well, it'd be great if we just started from scratch" - that's not what the American people believe; just look at the results from the last election".

The Democrat-led coalition jumped in to defend the health care law in this case due to the inaction of the U.S. Justice Department. It has "no impact to current coverage or coverage in a 2019 plan", Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said on Twitter.

Collins reaffirmed her support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, saying she felt her decision to put him onto the bench was vindicated last week when he voted not to hear a case that could have excluded Planned Parenthood affiliates from participating in Medicaid programs. For now, it said in a statement, "the law remains in place".

"(Friday's) decision is an unfortunate step backward for our health system that is contrary to overwhelming public sentiment to preserve pre-existing condition protections and other policies that have extended health insurance coverage to millions of Americans.

They have instead focused their fire on the Trump administration's alleged collusion in Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

Democrats see the law as a signature achievement of former president Barack Obama, while Republicans dismiss it as governmental overreach. What's more, Republican efforts to repeal the ACA failed in the same Congress. Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have long criticized the law, calling it a costly and unneeded government intrusion into Americans' lives. Many legal analysts disagree with O'Connor's ruling and predict that higher courts will reject his reasoning.

It will destabilize health insurance coverage by rolling back federal policy to 2009.

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About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans.

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.

Two days after the November 6 U.S. congressional elections, a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll found that healthcare was the top issue Americans wanted the U.S. Congress to address.

A federal judge's ruling late Friday striking down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety has stoked anxiety among millions of Americans who rely on subsidized health insurance and millions more who have pre-existing conditions.

"There's no reason why the individual mandate provision can't be struck down and keep all the good provisions of the Affordable Care Act", Collins said on "State of the Union" on CNN.

Judge Reed O'Connor again struck down the ACA (better known as Obamacare) individual mandate on Friday evening, but unlike in other earlier rulings finding the same conclusion, O'Connor noted that he felt the individual mandate could not be severed from the rest of the law, Roll Call reports. If the 5th Circuit agrees with O'Connor, high court review becomes very likely because the justices nearly always weigh in when a federal law has been struck down. If he refuses, they can then ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. But, "O'Connor is so far off the reservation here that virtually any (appeals) panel will reverse him", Jost said.

The Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare's individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance in 2012. The opinion is likely to be appealed, and the final decision may ultimately lay with the US Supreme Court.