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Texas judge dismantles Obamacare, ruling individual mandate unconstitutional

Information cards displayed during an Affordable Care Act enrollment event in San Antonio Texas in 2016. A federal judge struck down the health insurance law as unconstitutional Friday MoreCloseclosemore
Carol Daniels | 15 December, 2018, 06:51

US District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that he had to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the signature health-care overhaul by President Obama, after Congress past year zeroed out a key provision - the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance.

"The lawsuit had to do with whether when Congress past year repealed or eliminated the penalty for not having insurance - it was a tax penalty for people who didn't have insurance - whether that meant the rest of the law didn't apply anymore".

The White House applauded O'Connor's ruling, but said the law remains in place while appeals proceed.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise boasted his chamber passed a law to replace Obamacare in May 2017, however, leaving the situation in chaos.

"Congress stated many times unequivocally - through enacted text signed by the President - that the Individual Mandate is "essential" to the ACA", O'Connor wrote in the decision, using the initials of the law's formal title, the Affordable Care Act.

The case is the most high-profile legal challenge to "Obamacare" under President Donald Trump. "And this essentiality, the ACA's text makes clear, means the mandate must work "together with the other provisions" for the Act to function as intended".

The decision will be immediately appealed, said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led a group of blue states in intervening to defend the law. After Trump ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the health law, a coalition of ACA-supporting states took up the defense. In any case, it looks like Obamacare's future will once again depend on the courts. It agreed that the zeroing out the penalty renders the individual mandate unconstitutional but argued that that invalidates only the law's protections of those with pre-existing conditions.

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Democratic leaders, meanwhile, reacted harshly to the decision.

The law, known as Obamacare, was effectively nullified by the ruling.

An appeal is expected, and that could go as far as the Supreme Court.

Politifact notes that 20 million people gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act. California and other states had intervened to defend the 2010 health care law after the Trump administration declined to defend its provisions that guarantee coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, arguing that those provisions can not be separated from the mandate.

Under the law's community rating provision, insurers are not allowed to set premiums based on a person's health history.

Preserving the law's protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions proved to be a strong argument for Democrats in the midterm elections. The conservative judge had previously ruled against other Obama-era policies.

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