US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

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Trump tweeted his support for the ruling, saying, "Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!"

"Once again, the president calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with preexisting conditions and provide Americans with quality affordable healthcare", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

In this photo from November 29, 2018, US President Donald Trump points to the press while walking to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. The court case argued that all of the pieces of the law were dependent upon each other, so by eliminating the penalty the rest of the law fell apart. "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", Schumer said in a statement. His ruling is expected to be appealed, which means the conservative-majority Supreme Court, with newly appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, will have a chance to reassess the constitutionality of the law. A federal judge struck down the health insurance law as unconstitutional Friday. That could include the section that allows parents to keep young adult children on their coverage until age 26. 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.

Until then, you can enroll for coverage by visiting HealthCare.gov here.

The Texas court ruling came a day before the deadline for Obamacare enrolment for the coming year.

If the case were to reach the Supreme Court it would mark the third time the justices consider a challenge to fundamental provisions of the law. 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.

The ACA has been a battle between Democrats, who favour the law, versus Republicans who have voted repeatedly to repeal it.

In his ruling Friday, O'Connor agreed with Republicans that with the tax aspect of the law scheduled for elimination starting January 2019, the 2012 ruling's defense of the law is invalidated, making the entire law unconstitutional.

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. "It will destabilize health insurance coverage by rolling back federal policy to 2009".

The ruling "is an assault on 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the A.C.A.'s consumer protections for health care, on America's faithful progress toward affordable health care for all Americans", Becerra said in a statement.

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