After judge's ruling against Obamacare, what happens now?

Republicans Say Little About Obamacare Ruling

Trump hails judge's ruling against Obamacare as 'great'

The states that launched this case said the coverage mandate became unconstitutional when the penalty for not having coverage was reduced to zero dollars, and that the rest of the Affordable Care Act could not be separated from the mandate, the Times reported.

Her remarks come on the heels of last Friday's decision by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas that the 2010 health care law is unconstitutional because of the repeal of its individual mandate as part of last year's tax overhaul bill.

In 2012, a Supreme Court ruling found that the individual mandate could be interpreted as an excessive of Congressional taxation power. But even if the Justices prefer for the case to make its way up to their docket in due course, it seems inevitable that the highest court in the land will have its say about the ACA, once again.

Discuss federal waivers, "which allow states to modify or eliminate tax penalties associated with individual and employer coverage mandates; modify requirements for benefits and subsidies; find alternative ways to provide benefit plan choices, determine eligibility for subsidies, and enroll consumers".

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The president took to Twitter Friday night: "Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas". Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Sunday said Republicans "have no alternative to the Affordable Care Act", which guarantees health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.

The somewhat creative interpretation of a case that the federal government declined to defend due to its political ideology will not affect the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for the moment, nor will it alter the Marketplace open enrollment periods still in effect in many states. Not exactly. In fact, it might not even be mostly dead, let alone at the stage where we go through its pockets and look for loose change.

"#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. Numerous high-ranking Republican lawmakers have said they did not intend to also strike down popular provisions such as protection for people with pre-existing medical conditions when they repealed the ACA's fines for people who can afford coverage but remain uninsured.

The surprise decision Friday already has both sides of the debate posturing, with Democrats claiming the ruling is but a hiccup and Republicans suggesting this could be their chance, at last, to abolish the law - which remains largely in place despite President Trump's past claims to the contrary. Democrats, however, have said they'll hold the GOP to its commitment to retain popular provisions of the law, such as guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing health conditions.

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What's Next for Patients Covered Under the Affordable Care Act? Ultimately the case is expected to land at the US Supreme Court within the next couple of years. O'Connor's decision may be reversed on an intermediate appeal, but because of the importance of the massive law, a looming question reverberated Monday: What would the Supreme Court do? As lieutenant governor, he first joined an anti-ACA lawsuit in 2011-a year after President Obama signed it into law-which Mississippi State Sen. "She did nothing to deserve this awful illness and because of you she now cannot be denied health coverage", she wrote. Amy Klobuchar said, adding that the decision was "absurd".

Luckily, the ruling doesn't go into effect immediately and it should be overturned before anyone loses their coverage.

In his December 14 ruling, Judge O'Connor agreed with this line of argument.

Though the federal government would have paid for Medicaid expansion for the first few years, MS would have had to pay 10 percent of the cost of expansion in later years.

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"There are many good provisions of the law".

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