U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth, Texas declared Obamacare unconstitutional, in a ruling on Friday.
In 2017, Congress invalidated the tax penalty for not purchasing insurance, which then opened the door to challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare.
Bloomberg reported Obamacare Thrown Out by Judge, Raising Insurance Uncertainty
“Obamacare was struck down by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of U.S. residents.
The decision Friday finding the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional comes just before the end of a six-week open enrollment period for the program in 2019 and underscores a divide between Republicans who have long sought to invalidate the law and Democrats who fought to keep it in place.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that he had to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the signature health-care overhaul by President Barack Obama, after Congress last year zeroed out a key provision — the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance. The decision is almost certain to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.
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. They claimed that when Congress repealed the tax penalty last year, it eliminated the U.S. Supreme Court’s rationale for finding the ACA constitutional in 2012.
The Texas judge agreed.”
“The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole,” O’Connor wrote.”
In June, The Justice Department argued in court that key pieces of Obamacare, including the individual mandate, are unconstitutional.
Since Congress repealed the individual mandate last year, the DOJ argued the mandate is no longer technically a tax, therefore unconstitutional.
Obamacare was never meant to benefit the middle “working” class. It has, in fact, crippled them in many cases. Many who used to enjoy insurance for the entire family for $400, are now paying $1200, $1500, and even as high as $2,000.
Even with the outrageous rates, the deductibles are so ridiculously high, it’s almost pointless having insurance unless you face a major medical or health crisis.
President Trump continues to deliver on his promises to reverse Obama’s horrible policies!
Related Sources: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/12/breaking-federal-judge-in-texas-rules-obamacare-unconstitutional/
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