Court rules Obamacare is unconstitutional

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

"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!"

The ruling "exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans' all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans' access to affordable health care", Pelosi said in a statement.

In February, Attorney General Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel led a 20-state coalition lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, explaining that Congress rendered all of Obamacare unconstitutional by doing away with the tax penalty in Obamacare's individual mandate when it enacted President Trump's tax overhaul. 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.

Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general, vowed to appeal the decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. A spokeswoman for Becerra said an appeal will be filed before January 1.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that the law would remain in place for the time being, pending further legal developments. "This is insanity in print, and it will not stand up on appeal", tweeted University of Michigan Law School Professor Nicholas Bagley, an expert in health law.

"If this Texas decision on the ACA is upheld, it would throw the individual insurance market and the whole health care system into complete chaos", Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation said on Twitter.

The law includes provisions that provide subsidies that help people buy coverage, its expansion of Medicaid to millions of low income people, and its protections that let people with pre-existing conditions buy insurance.

The White House said late Friday that it expects the ruling to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

The five justices who upheld the health law in 2012 in the first major case - Chief Justice John Roberts and the court's four liberals - are all still serving. And yet, Republicans have made it clear that their priority is attacking access to critically-needed health care, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and insurance for young people. Republicans who tried to undermine those safeguards during their failed effort to repeal the health law a year ago were forced on the defensive and went on record saying they, too, want to make sure people with health problems can get coverage. After Trump ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the health law, a coalition of ACA-supporting states took up the defence.

In NFIB (2012 Supreme Court Obamacare decision), the Supreme Court held the Individual Mandate was unconstitutional under the Interstate Commerce Clause but could fairly be read as an exercise of Congress's Tax Power because it triggered a tax. The conservative judge had previously ruled against other Obama-era policies.

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