by Axios | Updated on 12.14.18
A federal judge declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional Friday, ruling that the entire law must be struck down because Congress invalidated the tax penalty for not buying health insurance — the basis for the Supreme Court's 2012 ruling that declared the law constitutional, Bloomberg reports.
Why it matters: The long-awaited ruling by the Texas judge, in a lawsuit filed by a coalition of Republican-led states, isn't the last word on the issue. A spokeswoman for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the state is already planning an appeal. But it leaves the entire future of Barack Obama's health care law uncertain — and is sure to put President Trump and congressional Republicans on the defensive, as it would mean the end of protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Read the ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor:
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If I’m helping pay for that federal judges health insurance I want his insurance to stop and be thrown out. I am also tired of paying for my representatives health insurance and they do absolutely nothing for me and I can’t afford health insurance. Come on America aren’t you sick of this let’s get rid of these people let’s throw these Republicans out.
There is already an appeal being planned, but this is proof that the lying GOP, who repeatedly promised during the election to protect those with pre-existing conditions DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU. It is time to rise up and destroy the Republican Party. They only exist to serve corporations and the wealthy. Keep voting blue, until we stamp them out.
FINALLY, hopefully this is the last word. Borderline Socialist policies like this just show how much of a disaster Socialism is.
Finally a chance to get more affordable insurance.
Losing, instead of improving, the ACA is a true tragedy for all Americans. Until universal healthcare becomes a reality, it’s all we have. It should be replaced only with single-payer universal healthcare. It’s what is needed, and must be made law sooner or later, preferably sooner. Anyone against universal healthcare simply doesn’t care about anyone but himself.
The Republicans want no health care. The Dem Elite want expensive health care. The Progressives want EVERYONE taken care of in a way that is cheaper than what we have now. I want Medicare for All. 70% of our people want it. That should count for something but the insurance companies and non competitive Pharma are filling congress with lobbyists that block the public interest.
Finally a federal judge with some common sense.
If this decision holds, perhaps this will be the impetus for both parties to work together towards a solution.
Looks like the Republicans finally got their way. If I remember correctly many of them were saying they would keep coverage for pre-existing conditions. No surprise, they lied about that too. 20 million more are now without health insurance. All this compliments of the Republicans.
Get rid of ACA
Enough of courts and politicians playing with millions of people lives. Millions of poor people need health care and dental care or they will get more sick and depressed and our country will suffer because of the injustice. Stand up for us. Stop the GOP and Stop the rich from buying our politicians.
Yes! The Affordable Care Act is Unconstitutional.
Everyone who agrees with this ruling should immediately have their healthcare taken away. Including the judge who made the ruling.
There needs to be a better system, but removing this care will put many people at risk.
The loss of protection for pre-existing conditions is catastrophic. Never mind the fact that this will leave 17 million people without health insurance between the loss of medicaid expansion and the marketplace. Fix this ASAP.
If this ruling holds millions of Americans will be without healthcare insurance. Those of you who voted so many time to do this & then ran on protecting preexisting conditions should be ashamed that you don’t want your people’s health to be taken care of and you have created death panels - those who can afford healthcare will be taken care of & live, those who can’t die. Like my aunt. SHAME!!! SHAME.
About 40 million people will loose their healthcare and pre-existing conditions by the republicans and Trump design. Well maybe the judge or his family will have a pre-existing condition or healthcare that cost so much he and family can’t afford, ho that’s right he has government healthcare and retirement for the rest of his life! It is not medicare and social security
About time we had a judge with some morals and backbone.
The Republican Party has been telling the American people they had a plan. Trump declared during his campaign he would repeal and replace the ACA on day 1 - protecting those of us with preexisting conditions and lowering healthcare costs for all Americans. They LIED. They had no plan - and still don't. Instead, it appears their 'plan' was to gut the LAW and then let the courts decide. I studied civics in school - the CONGRESS MAKES THE LAWS, not the Judiciary. It appears the current members of Congress don't understand this basic constitutional premise. Due to their stupidity, arrogance and total disregard for the lives of their constituents, the 'death panels' will now become a reality - only this time it is from the LOSS of health coverage they have just 'won' for the American people. Once again, the elected officials in this country have put their own egos and interests above the rest of us. Thank you for your lack of support. May you all get the reward you deserve. It looks like I just lost my 6 year battle with cancer due to your reckless behavior. Just remember, Karma is a bitch.
Republicans never want to help the common ‘man’. They will never support the people, only the oligarchs.