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O'Connor's ruling said that the full Obamacare program was unconstitutional because in last year's tax overhaul, Congress eliminated a penalty for people who failed to sign up for the program if they did not already have their own health insurance.

Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees those insurance exchanges, said in a tweet: "The recent federal court decision is still moving through the courts, and the exchanges are still open for business and we will continue with open enrollment".

"There is no impact to current coverage or coverage in a 2019 plan", the spokesperson said. "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.

US District Judge Reed O'Connor's 55-page ruling came in a lawsuit filed by several Republican state attorneys general opposed to the federal government health plan, known officially as the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court's reasoning in NFIB-buttressed by other binding precedent and plain text-thus compels the conclusion that the Individual Mandate may no longer be upheld under the Tax Power. "No one wants to go back to the days of 20 percent of the population uninsured and fewer patient protections, but this decision will move us in that direction". Frosh's case is State of Maryland v.

Texas and an alliance of 19 states argued to the judge that they've been harmed by an increase in the number of people on state-supported insurance rolls.

"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!"

Opposing the lawsuit are 17 Democratic attorneys general led by Xavier Becerra of California. They contended that overturning the law would throw millions off health insurance rolls by reversing Medicaid expansion, ending tax credits that help people and empowering insurers to once again deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

The spokesperson from CMS told Fox that the judge's decision, which was applauded by President Trump, is still working its way through the courts and is not the final word on the matter.

The ruling "exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans' all-out assault" on Americans most in need of healthcare, said soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, vowing to act swiftly once she was returned to her rightful place in January. "Mitch and Nancy, get it done!" 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. "Congress acted a year ago to repeal the mandate, but leave everything else in place and the courts should have deferred to that", tweeted former congressional GOP aide Chris Jacobs.


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