The right-wing Wall Street Journal editorial page decided to write a scathing article taking down Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling last week that declared the entirety of the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a., “Obamacare” — unconstitutional.
Donald Trump celebrated O’Connor’s ruling, but maybe his celebration was a little too early.
“President Trump hailed the ruling in a tweet, but he has never understood the Affordable Care Act,” they write.
“The Supreme Court’s ‘severability’ doctrine calls for restraint in declaring an entire law illegal merely because one part of it is,” the editors write. “Our guess is that even the right-leaning Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judges will overturn Judge O’Connor on this point.”
The editorial not only puts Trump in a hole but also claims that Republicans who cheered on O’Connor’s ruling will once again be caught flat-footed and be put on the defensive.
“Democrats claim to be alarmed by the ruling but the truth is they’re elated,” the editors write. “They want to use it to further pound Republicans for denying health insurance for pre-existing conditions if the law is overturned. Democrats campaigned across the country against Mr. Paxton’s lawsuit to gain House and Senate seats in November, and they will now press votes in Congress so they can compound the gains in 2020.”
The entire editorial can be read HERE.