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

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In response to a federal judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, former President Barack Obama, who spearheaded the infamous law, urged Americans to enroll in Obamacare's health care coverage while dispelling the idea that his signature acheivement has finally met its end. He also wrote that it's clear the individual mandate is the linchpin of the law "without marching through every nook and cranny of the ACA's 900-plus pages".

Henneke said that in the NFIB v. Sebelius case, the Supreme Court construed the mandate as an exercise of congressional taxing power because it generated revenue, rejecting the government's argument that the mandate could be justified under the Constitution's Commerce Clause.

In Friday's decision, O'Connor said that because Congress lowered the penalty to zero a year ago, the mandate no longer came with a "tax" and is unconstitutional. "I rarely reach this conclusion, but only a results-driven policy agenda could begin to explain his absurd conclusion that Congress's 2017 decision to zero out the penalty for not buying the insurance mandated by the ACA while retaining the rest of the ACA somehow rendered the entire ACA unconstitutional".

Why does it matter? . They claimed that the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 because it included an individual mandate - or a tax penalty for Americans who did not buy health insurance. The ruling puts health coverage at risk for tens of millions of Americans, including those with chronic and pre-existing conditions, while also making it more hard for hospitals and health systems to provide access to high-quality care.

That tax measure eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. Twenty Republican-leaning states brought the lawsuit in that court, asserting that the ACA was unconstitutional based on last year's tax overhaul. Some observers have theorized Roberts was playing a political long game by appearing nonpolitical; others say he's keen to separate himself from partisan political wrangling.

But the ongoing court battles over the law are likely to proceed eventually to the Supreme Court, where President Donald Trump's appointees, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, could rule against the law. Kodjak notes Congress voted multiple times in 2017 to repeal the ACA but did not succeed.

Although the Friday ruling is a win for Republicans, it could put Obamacare front and center in the 2020 presidential elections. The political reaction to the Texas decision, though, is not likely to diminish anytime soon.

The question now is, how will House Democrats handle this? But this won't be a straightforward win for anybody: Democrats and Republicans are divided within their own parties over the best way forward, be that single-payer health care, Obamacare, a repeal or something else. "Maybe less obvious are the implications of the Texas ACA decision on the health care industry", he said.

If the court were to overturn the law, it would leave the Trump administration and a divided Congress in a remarkably hard situation - scrambling to come up with an alternative that has eluded the law's critics in Washington ever since its passage in 2010. Still, officials refute claims that their actions amounted to sabotage. "If this Texas decision on the ACA is upheld, it would throw the individual insurance market and the whole health care system into complete chaos", Leavitt posted on Twitter.

"They have no plan for insuring the uninsured". Last month's Kaiser tracking poll found that 59 percent of respondents living in the 14 states that have not yet expanded Medicaid want them to do so.

Henneke outlined the Affordable Care Act's journey through the courts.

"It's an bad, terrible ruling, and we're going to fight this tooth-and-nail, and the first thing we're going to do when we get back there in the Senate is urge - put a vote on the floor urging an intervention in the case", Schumer said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

What do the people think? "In any case, the Supreme Court's "severability" doctrine calls for restraint in declaring an entire law illegal merely because one part of it is". He ultimately predicted Obamacare will remain law when all is said and done.

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