USA federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

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Because the mandate is an essential part of the ACA in the judge's view, that led him to rule that the entire health law should be struck down. Numerous high-ranking Republican lawmakers have said they did not intend to also strike down popular provisions such as protection for people with pre-existing medical conditions when they repealed the ACA's fines for people who can afford coverage but remain uninsured.

"The ACA has already survived more than 70 unsuccessful repeal attempts and withstood scrutiny in the Supreme Court".

"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!" he said.

The 16 Democratic state attorneys general who intervened in the case to defend the health law immediately vowed to appeal. "If this bad ruling is upheld in the higher courts, it will be a disaster for tens of millions of American families, especially for people with pre-existing conditions", Schumer said in a statement. The Affordable Care Act touched nearly every aspect of health care, from Medicare and Medicaid to generic biologic drugs, the Indian Health Service, and public health changes like calorie counts on menus.

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The administration urged the court to declare those provisions invalid beginning January 1, 2019.

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. That is the day the tax penalty for not having insurance disappears. And yet, Republicans have made it clear that their priority is attacking access to critically-needed health care, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and insurance for young people. Claire McCaskill. Another plaintiff, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, lost to Democratic incumbent Sen.

"Once again, the president calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with preexisting conditions and provide Americans with quality affordable healthcare", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "Mitch and Nancy, get it done!" he wrote.

The spokesperson from CMS told Fox that the judge's decision, which was applauded by President Trump, is still working its way through the courts and is not the final word on the matter.

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But congressional leaders were quick to point out that the suit is far from over. This ruling cements the fact that Republican leaders will stop at nothing to put the lives and livelihoods of America's working families at risk to pursue their partisan agenda.

Many legal experts agreed with that.

But other states have argued that eliminating Obamacare would harm millions of Americans, and pending any appeal the landmark health care law remains in place.

Even some conservatives were left scratching their heads.

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Trump responded to O'Connor's ruling in a series of celebratory tweets Friday.

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