Obamacare ruled unconstitutional by federal judge in Texas

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The case is the most high-profile legal challenge to "Obamacare" under President Donald Trump. I would be quite surprised if this opinion survives the inevitable appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and even more surprised if this result garners the support of more than two justices on the Supreme Court (if the case even gets that far). "Today's misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and wellbeing of all Americans", said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading a coalition of states defending the ACA.

"The Supreme Court held Obamacare was only tethered to the Constitution by a very thin thread - the fact that the individual penalty raised some revenue", Paxton said in a prior statement. California and other states had intervened to defend the 2010 health care law after the Trump administration declined to defend its provisions that guarantee coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, arguing that those provisions can not be separated from the mandate.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise boasted his chamber passed a law to replace Obamacare in May 2017, however, leaving the situation in chaos.

The law, known as Obamacare, was effectively nullified by the ruling. If the entire health law is invalidated, popular provisions that benefit Medicare beneficiaries and people with employer coverage would also be scrapped.

The move now threatens 20 million who rely on its coverage. "When House Democrats take the gavel, the House of Representatives will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process to uphold the life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions and reject Republicans' effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act". In Wisconsin, an incoming Democratic attorney general, Josh Kaul, campaigned on a promise to withdraw the state from the lawsuit, but Wisconsin's Republican legislature and outgoing Gov. Scott Walker, R, have tried in a lameduck session to block his ability to do that.

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O'Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who has previously blocked other Obama-era policies.

The law's consumer protections, subsidies and expansion of Medicaid coverage are now at risk.

Its timing is also remarkable, coming roughly 24 hours before the deadline to enroll in Obamacare-related coverage on the federal website serving much of the country.

"We do have contingency plans", she said then.

O'Connor's decision could set off a scramble in Congress, where some lawmakers want to step in to defend the decision.

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