Chuck Schumer Urges Congressional Vote Rejecting Obamacare Ruling
- Author: Aubrey Nash Dec 18, 2018,
Dec 18, 2018, 0:43
President Donald Trump, in reacting to Judge O'Connor's ruling, suggested that it was time for Congress to get to work on a new law.
President Donald Trump ailed a court decision against Obamacare as "a great ruling for our country", while a US government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no immediate impact on health coverage. Democratic states that intervened in the suit also vowed to appeal.
But it is so sweeping that many legal analysts believe it is likely to be overturned.
The president weighed in on the judicial process as the ruling on Friday cast great uncertainty over the USA health-care system, with the expectation that the case would ultimately make its way to the Supreme Court.
About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, according to the US government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
"While we are disappointed in the recent Northern District of Texas court's ACA ruling, we recognize that this is a first step in what will be a lengthy appeals process", Molina Healthcare said. O'Connor was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.
The White House applauded O'Connor's ruling, but said the law remains in place while appeals proceed.
Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, castigated Republicans for "pretending to support people with pre-existing conditions while quietly trying to remove that support in the courts". Ultimately the case is expected to land at the US Supreme Court within the next couple of years. Pingree goes on to call the ruling "absurd" and says it will be appealed.
Friday's decision could also give a boost to liberal Democrats who won hotly contested races running as advocates of "Medicare for all". If upheld on appeal, the decision could deprive an estimated 17 million Americans of their health insurance - including millions who gained coverage through the law's expansion of Medicaid.
"As our nation is in the midst of an opioid crisis, this coverage is especially needed", Evans said in a statement.
"#Republicans' legal crusade against the #AffordableCareAct is a political stunt, but a unsafe one that puts health coverage and vital health protections for millions of Americans at risk", Democratic Sen. Collins weighed in on a number of other issues while on State of the Union.
Henneke said that in the NFIB v. Sebelius case, the Supreme Court construed the mandate as an exercise of congressional taxing power because it generated revenue, rejecting the government's argument that the mandate could be justified under the Constitution's Commerce Clause.
The Texas judge agreed.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said "Obamacare is a broken law", but added, "I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure America's healthcare system works for all Americans". The ACA also mandates coverage of certain "essential" insurance benefits, including maternity care. "To find otherwise would be to introduce an entirely new regulatory scheme never intended by Congress or signed by the president".
The Supreme Court already ruled 5-4 to approve the law during the Obama presidency, as Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's four liberals by finding the mandate is actually a tax and thus within the bounds of what the Constitution allows Congress to levy. "Now we have a judge saying we have an unenforceable mandate".
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. United States, a lawsuit filed by 20 states seeking to undo the ACA.
Pelosi said the ruling exposed "the monstrous endgame of Republicans' all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans' access to affordable health care".
A federal judge's ruling late Friday striking down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety has stoked anxiety among millions of Americans who rely on subsidized health insurance and millions more who have pre-existing conditions.