‘Great News!’: Trump Celebrates As Million Of Americans Could Lose Healthcare After Texas Judge Ruling On Obamacare
A Texas judge on Friday struck down the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as “unconstitutional,” a move that could suddenly disrupt the health insurance status of millions of Americans. The decision comes amid six-week open enrollment period for the program.
Texas, along with 19 states, had argued to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor that they had been hurt by a jump in the number of people utilizing state-backed insurance. When Congress cut the tax penalty from the program in 2017, the states claimed, it essentially undercut the Supreme Court’s reasoning for finding former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation constitutional in 2012.
In his ruling on Friday, Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court in Fort Worth said that the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’s tax power.”
Accordingly, Judge O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee, said that “the individual mandate is unconstitutional” and the remaining provisions of the Affordable Care Act are invalid.
The ruling was on a lawsuit filed this year by a group of Republican governors and state attorneys general. A group of intervening states led by Democrats promised to appeal the decision, which will most likely not have any immediate effect. But it will almost certainly make its way to the Supreme Court, threatening the survival of the landmark health law and, with it, health coverage for millions of Americans, protections for people with pre-existing conditions and much more.
Trump celebrated the ruling, twitting: “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster. Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions.”
In a second tweet, Trump declared the ruling to be “great news for America!”
Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018
This is a developing story.