Texas, along with 19 states, had argued to U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor that they had been hurt by a jump in the amount of people utilizing state-backed insurance.
President Trump responded to the ruling on Twitter with glee. We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Ending the act would eliminate current protections for those with pre-existing conditions, such as pregnancy, arthritis and diabetes. "Mitch and Nancy, get it done!"
He followed that up eight minutes later with a second Tweet.
The Affordable Care Act was struck down by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of USA residents. Great news for America!' The decision comes amid a six-week open enrollment period for the program.
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"The Court finds the Individual Mandate "is essential to" and inserverable from "the other provisions" of the ACA", O'Connor wrote in his ruling, as Vox reported. 'It is like watching a slow game of Jenga, each party poking at a different provision to see if the ACA falls'.
The individual mandate was a fee that people paid if they could afford health insurance but chose not to buy into it.
About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, according to the US government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday, "As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Americans who care about working families must do all they can to prevent this district court ruling from becoming law". California and other states had intervened to defend the 2010 health care law after the Trump administration declined to defend its provisions that guarantee coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, arguing that those provisions can not be separated from the mandate. They argued the judge should spare the rest of the law, which includes Medicaid expansion, the employer mandate, health exchanges, premium subsidies and federal health-care reimbursement rates for hospitals.
The decision was a break with a long-standing executive branch practice of defending existing statutes in court.