Judge Declares ObamaCare Unconstitutional, Trump Celebrates on Twitter

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A federal judge in the USA state of Texas has ruled that a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional.

The case is now likely to go to the US Supreme Court.

Ending the act would eliminate current protections for those with pre-existing conditions, such as pregnancy, arthritis and diabetes.

"The court recognized that the individual mandate penalty is unconstitutional, found that the entirety of the act could not be separated from the individual mandate penalty, and as a result, entered a judgment that the entirety of the affordable care act is invalid", Henneke said in an interview with the Star-Telegram on Friday. "Today's misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and wellbeing of all Americans".

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.

"If this very bad ruling is upheld in the higher courts, it will be a disaster for tens of millions of American families, especially for people with pre-existing conditions", said Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

President Donald Trump said the ruling was great news for America.

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About 20 million people have gained health insurance coverage since the ACA passed in 2010 without a single Republican vote.

"In the midterm elections, the American people forcefully rejected Republican efforts to repeal and undermine the Affordable Care Act". And in a statement late Friday, the White House ensured the public that the Affordable Care Act would remain in effect as the ruling is being appealed. Currently, about 10 million have subsidized private insurance through the health law's insurance markets, while an estimated 12 million low-income people are covered through its Medicaid expansion. 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. O'Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who previously blocked other Obama-era policies.

California and Democratic officials in 14 states, along with the District of Columbia, won permission to defend ACA in the Fort Worth case when the Trump administration sided with the states seeking to dismantle it.

- The requirement that insurers must take all applicants for comprehensive coverage regardless of prior health history, including pre-existing conditions.

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

Judge O'Connor's decision tonight effectively argues the opposite.