Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

On Friday, Fox News reported that U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor struck down Barack Obama’s signature legislation — The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare — as unconstitutional, stating that the massive law cannot be separated from the individual mandate.

According to Fox News:

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. When Congress cut the tax penalty from the program in 2017, the states claimed, it essentially undercut the Supreme Court’s reasoning for finding former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation constitutional in 2012.

“The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole,” O’Connor wrote, according to Bloomberg.

“As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster,” President Trump tweeted following the ruling. “Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!” In a second tweet, the president declared the ruling to be “great news for America!”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the ruling in a statement.

“Obamacare has been struck down by a highly respected judge,” she said.

“The judge’s decision vindicates President Trump’s position that Obamacare is unconstitutional,” she added. “Once again, the President calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with preexisting conditions and provide Americans with quality affordable healthcare. We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted the ruling as being based on “faulty legal reasoning” and demanded Americans “do all they can” to stop the ruling from going into affect.

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