A US federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional, a decision that was likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court, Trend reports citing Reuters.
The case will be appealed, said Hill, and it will take many years to get to the Supreme Court, so "nothing is happening" with regard to the high deductibles involved in many Obamacare plans.
It is possible that the recent election, showing major gains for Democratic candidates, many of whom made health insurance a central part of their campaign messaging, could create a more favorable climate in Congress.
Democrats tried and failed to force a vote on the Manchin proposal in August, and a Manchin unanimous consent request to call up and pass the measure n September 5, faced objection.
Congress is unlikely to act while the case remains in the courts.More news: Japan court denies extended detention of Nissan's Ghosn
As the foregoing makes clear, I've been highly skeptical of the claims in this case from the beginning. While President Donald Trump and lawmakers such as incoming House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) cheered the development, some in the party called for bipartisanship to address the failings of the country's health care system.
In the meantime, the deadline for Americans seeking health insurance coverage during 2019 under Obamacare had arrived on Saturday night, and the Texas ruling did not disturb that process or interfere with the coverage that those who signed up had obtained - at least that is the assurance that federal health officials have given.
"I believe that's the likeliest outcome, because ObamaCare has always been unconstitutional", he asserted.
Angry Democrats blamed Republicans for what they see as a debacle that will leave millions of Americans without healthcare and vowed to fight back in court. He later concluded: "All of that is guaranteed by the ACA as long as it's the law". Sheldon Whitehouse tweeted Saturday.More news: Reportedly facing another suspension, Gordon stepping away from football
One legal expert, who supports the ACA, has warned that O'Connor's ruling would have repercussions for almost all Americans if it stands. "And they call that success", Democratic congressman Joe Kennedy wrote on the social media site.
While the court's "absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision", she said. "Today's misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and well-being of all Americans", said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading a coalition of states defending the ACA.
They further argued that the whole health care law was no longer valid without the tax.
The ruling "is an assault on 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the A.C.A.'s consumer protections for health care, on America's faithful progress toward affordable health care for all Americans", Becerra said in a statement.More news: Police arrest three more suspects in killing of Danish, Norwegian women