As always, the Trump Administration stands ready to work with Congress on policy solutions that will deliver more insurance choices, better healthcare, and lower costs while continuing to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions.
What's that saying? "Everything is shittier in Texas"?
U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas declared that Obamacare is unconstitutional in a Friday ruling.
Without an immediate legal basis for the defendants to appeal, the judicial review process could result in a prolonged period of uncertainty for healthcare industry players and policymakers alike, even if the ACA is ultimately upheld again in part or whole, whether by the Fifth Circuit or Supreme Court.
Last year, Republicans - while attempting to repeal ObamaCare - ended up getting rid of the penalty. It is also possible that the Senate will undertake legislation to secure some of the ACA's more popular consumer protections such as protecting people with preexisting conditions.
Alternatively, the US House of Representatives, which will have a Democratic majority next term, has indicated that it may seek to intervene in the litigation when the new Congress convenes in 2019.
The surprise decision Friday already has both sides of the debate posturing, with Democrats claiming the ruling is but a hiccup and Republicans suggesting this could be their chance, at last, to abolish the law - which remains largely in place despite President Trump's past claims to the contrary. While Democrats may have won the House by running a fear-mongering campaign, unfortunately their reckless legislating has not proven to be as effective for the American people who have to live under this failed system.
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Democrats also rejected the administration's idea of shifting money from other accounts to pay for Trump's wall. Other work has merely replaced existing barriers that had been deemed "ineffective", not added miles.
The individual mandate requires taxpayers to obtain health coverage for themselves and their families.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins from ME told CNN over the weekend that she thinks the ruling will be overturned. "I believe it will be overturned." Sen.
The case is likely to reach the US Supreme Court, where the five justices in the nine-judge court who voted to uphold Obamacare in a separate case in 2012 are still on the bench.
Another dimension of the controversial case is the fact that Judge O'Connor is widely perceived as a partisan judge, raising questions about his reasoning for deciding that Obamacare must be overturned.
Judge O'Connor's decision did not enjoin the ACA-its provisions remain fully intact. The judge agreed with the suit's argument that the law should be struck down because Congress past year repealed the tax penalty that enforced a mandate that most Americans get health insurance.
"Well, I actually think that judge, it was a silly ruling by the judge".
President Trump, who has made no secret of his desire to dismantle the health care law, said on Twitter Monday that if the ruling is upheld he would be open to working with Democrats on a replacement.