Judge Declares ObamaCare Unconstitutional, Trump Celebrates on Twitter

BREAKING NOW: Federal Judge Rules 'ENTIRE' Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court". The court case argued that all of the pieces of the law were dependent upon each other, so by eliminating the penalty the rest of the law fell apart.

He ruled that the individual mandate was now unconstitutional.

At issue was the individual mandate, the provision in Obamacare that requires everyone to have health insurance or face a penalty in the form of a tax.

The lawsuit was brought by conservative Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, 18 other Republican attorneys general, and one governor, the Denver Post reports. Trump tweeted. "Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions". Also, they said that eliminating Obamacare or the protections for those with pre-existing conditions would harm millions of Americans.

The attorney for the suit, Robert Henneke, said the Affordable Care Act is no longer legal because Congress deleted the individual mandate in the GOP's tax bill a year ago.

A federal judge in Texas ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act "invalid" Friday, the eve of the sign-up deadline for coverage next year. Because the mandate is an essential part of the ACA in the judge's view, that led him to rule that the entire health law should be struck down.

A spokesperson for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said defendant states will appeal the decision.

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The Trump administration said in June that it would not defend several important provisions of Obamacare in court.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said: "If this very bad ruling is upheld in the higher courts, itwill be a disaster for tens of millions of American families".

The decision Friday finding the ACA unconstitutional comes just before the end of a six-week open enrollment period for the program in 2019 and underscores a divide between Republicans who have long sought to invalidate the law and Democrats who fought to keep it in place.

It is unclear what will happen to the law's many provisions until an appeal reaches the Supreme Court.

U.S. President Donald Trump called the decision "great news for America". "It will destabilize health insurance coverage by rolling back federal policy to 2009".

The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 with the aim of providing "near-universal" health insurance coverage and to "lower health insurance premiums", said the background to O'Connor's decision. And the ban on excluding pre-existing conditions from coverage meant that insurers can not refuse to pay for treatments because of a policyholder's medical background. 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.

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