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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