Dems lash out at judge for ruling Obamacare unconstitutional

Republicans Say Little About Obamacare Ruling

They don't want to insure the uninsured.

The White House said it expects the ruling to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

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".

Dick Durbin said on ABC's "This Week" that the ruling "didn't do the Republican Party any favour", as it will reawaken pressures for Republican unity behind a new healthcare policy. O'Connor was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.

"The good news is that the judge seemed way off the deep end and I am going to ask senators Democrats and Republicans to intervene in the case when it is appealed and say that the judge is completely off base". "Next year, we will force votes to expose their lies".

But Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa called the ruling cruel.

Democrats weren't the only ones to criticize the decision.

Advocates who fought against the mandate's repeal last year pointed to a 2017 Congressional Budget Office analysis that forecast that the mandate's repeal would result in 13 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade and 10 percent increases in premiums most years over that timespan.

"As our nation is in the midst of an opioid crisis, this coverage is especially needed", Evans said in a statement.

"If you need to sign up for health insurance you should", Rovner tells NPR's Michel Martin.

Republicans, still stinging from their loss of the House in the midterm elections, are facing a fresh political quandary after U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor said the entire 2010 health law was invalid.

The Texas judge agreed.

While the decision will not have any immediate effect on the day-to-day provisions of the ACA, it will certainly add to confusion and uncertainty about the future of a law that has been subject to multiple legal challenges and intense manipulation in the political sphere.

Enforcing the remainder of the law without the mandate "creates a death spiral where rates will go out of control", said Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law whose work O'Connor cited in Friday's ruling.

"Here, the Plaintiffs allege that, following passage of the TCJA, the Individual Mandate in the ACA is unconstitutional". "To find otherwise would be to introduce an entirely new regulatory scheme never intended by Congress or signed by the president". "If this Texas decision on the ACA is upheld, it would throw the individual insurance market and the whole health care system into complete chaos", Leavitt posted on Twitter. Susan Collins (R., Maine), speaking on CNN.

The issue - what's known as the individual mandate - a law requiring people to have health insurance and penalizing them if they don't. "Now we have a judge saying we have an unenforceable mandate".

Without federal subsidies, most customers could no longer afford "Obamacare" insurance. "Open enrollment is proceeding as planned today".

Total enrollment is on track to be lower than in previous years, which many critics have credited to efforts by the Trump administration to promote alternatives to the law or cut back on its promotion. CNBC reported that Centene shares went down 7.5%; HCA Healthcare, which is the largest for-profit operator of health care facilities in the US, dipped 5%, and insurance companies Cigna and Humana saw their shares decrease by 4%. He writes, "If they can't get it done in Congress, they'll keep trying in the courts, even when it puts people's pre-existing conditions coverage at risk".

"I like to say to my students that the Affordable Care Act is 906 pages long".

"We should be working to improve the Affordable Care Act, not just throw it out and set it on fire", she said. (Alex Azar is now the U.S. secretary of health and human services).



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