Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

The Affordable Care Act was gutted by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of USA residents.

Hospital chains HCA Inc. and Tenet Healthcare Corp. dropped 7 percent and 4 percent respectively when markets opened Monday. A coalition of states governed by Democrats and led by California had a different interpretation - that the individual mandate isn't unconstitutional if people aren't actually being forced to pay penalties.

With uncertainly roiling sector shares, some sensed an opportunity and stepped in.

President Trump applauded the decision on Twitter Friday night, writing that he had "predicted all along" that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled late Friday that the health insurance reform, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, is unconstitutional.

In the wake of a Texas judge striking down the Obamacare health insurance law, Sen.

The case is expected to be appealed by Democrats and will likely have a lengthy shelf life in court before any action is taken. "If a majority of the House and a majority of the Senate say that this case should be overturned, it'll have a tremendous effect on the appeal", Schumer said.

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"In the interim, it provides Congress with a real opportunity recognizing that Obamacare is on life support to pull together and make a determination of the things that we need to do to provide sufficient healthcare for all Americans including pre-existing conditions", he said, after show host Steve Doocy complained his own daughter has deductibles on her own Obamacare plan that are too hard to meet. It would eliminate maternal care, all kinds of women's' health, It's an bad, terrible ruling. But White House adviser Stephen Miller suggested otherwise, telling CBS's "Face The Nation" that the Trump administration believes the law will be appealed to the Supreme Court, where it will be ruled unconstitutional. "On the assumption that the Supreme Court upholds, we will get great, great health care for our people".

Supporters of the law, sometimes called Obamacare, said they will appeal the ruling.

"It once again puts Republicans in Washington on the spot", Sen.

"The Affordable Care Act has also been up and running since 2014, which means so-called reliance interests come into play when considering a precedent".

Since the suit was filed in January, many health-law specialists have viewed its logic as weak but nevertheless have regarded the case as the greatest looming legal threat to the 2010 law, which has been a GOP whipping post ever since and assailed repeatedly in the courts. Our guess is that even the right-leaning Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judges will overturn Judge O'Connor on this point.

Democratic house leader Nancy Pelosi spoke out against the ruling, saying "Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision and for the fear they have struck into millions of families across America who are now in danger of losing their health coverage".

Klobuchar said she favors universal health care but said there are many ways of achieving it - such as Medicare for all, or expanding Medicare to age 55.