Yesterday in Texas, Federal U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, is unconstitutional because Donald Trump and Congress removed the fine for failing to comply with Obamacare’s individual mandate.
Speaker of the incoming Democrat controlled House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi released a statement outlining Democrat’s plan of action to respond to this striking down of Obamacare. The only good thing here is that ObamaCare will remain in effect while the case is appealed.
“Tonight’s district court ruling exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans’ all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans’ access to affordable health care. The GOP Congress tried and failed to destroy the Affordable Care Act and protections for pre-existing conditions. Then, in the midterm election, the American people delivered a record-breaking margin of almost 10 million votes against House Republicans’ vile assault on health care. Now, the district court ruling in Republicans’ lawsuit seeks to subvert the will of the American people and sow chaos in the final day of HealthCare.gov open enrollment.
“While the district court’s absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, 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. 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.”
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer also responded in a statement and said that he hopes the ruling is overturned, “The ruling seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned. Americans who care about working families must do all they can to prevent this district court ruling from becoming law.”
Trump took to social media last night to celebrate the ruling, “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done! Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!”
Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018
It’s hard to predict what will happen here, beyond an appeal of this ruling that will go to the Supreme Court. Let Trump and the GOP celebrate, because if Obamacare actually is removed from law, they will own the disaster that will come afterwards.