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Sen. Amy Klobuchar Calls Texas Affordable Care Act Ruling ‘Absurd’

U.S. judge finds obamacare unconstitutional

The case was brought by a coalition of 20 states that argued that the whole law was invalidated by a change in tax rules a year ago which eliminated a penalty for not having health insurance.

In his ruling, O'Connor reasoned that the body of the law could not be surgically separated from its now-meaningless requirement for people to have health insurance. "The federal government wouldn't be able to pay for Medicare because all the Medicare payments have been structured because of the Affordable Care Act".

On the defensive, Republicans campaigning this fall promised that they, too, backed the health law's protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

"Today's ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the ACA's consumer protections for health care, and on America's faithful progress toward affordable health care for all Americans", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

However, state leaders don't think Connecticut's Health Care Exchange program Access CT could survive without a national law.

"We also look to encourage Washington to recognize this for the sea change that it is and to stand down".

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the judge's decision will not stop the enforcement of the existing law. "It is a proper role for the states".

Mincy Pollock, who works with the Jacksonville Care Team that is affiliated with Florida Blue, said he spent Saturday night helping new patients sign up for coverage ahead of the enrollment deadline. What's more, Republican efforts to repeal the ACA failed in the same Congress. Insurance premiums skyrocketed, and critics blame the Affordable Care Act for out-of-control costs and added bureaucratic red tape.

One legal expert, who supports the ACA, has warned that O'Connor's ruling would have repercussions for almost all Americans if it stands. A court injunction of some kind to temporarily forestall the administrative dismantling of the Affordable Care Act pending those appeals seems likely. Imagine a world where Judge O'Connor's ruling is upheld.

About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, according to the US government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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A federal judge's ruling Friday that Obamacare is unconstitutional poses a threat to the credit quality of some US states, as well as to hospitals and insurance companies, S&P Global Ratings warned. In addition to upholding the law in 2012, the court rejected another challenge to the law in 2015.

Congress had reduced the tax penalty to zero in tax changes last December. The lawsuit also argues that the entire ACA is unconstitutional because the mandate is not severable from the rest of the law. Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat who won re-election in November on a pro-Obamacare platform, called the ruling "misguided and inhumane".

Essentially, without the mandate - Obamacare can not stand.

The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare in 2012 and in 2015. The Republican-led Congress previous year eliminated a penalty that the ACA levied on people who opted not to obtain insurance.

Payers and providers are presenting a united front in their condemnation of a federal judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

As a result of the ruling, the outlook for American health care is bright, Henneke said.

Even if "Obamacare" goes away permanently, CT state law forces insurance carriers to cover pre-existing conditions.

"So all of that should start now and all of that can be happening now while litigation proceeds". Much of the focus by the public after the decision has been on the 10 million people who buy insurance through the ACA marketplaces and the 12 million who are covered through their states' Medicaid expansion.

At least some of the law is already protected in CT.