Sen. Collins: I Believe The ACA's 'Unconstitutional' Ruling Will Be Overturned

Gov-elect Janet Mills reminds Mainers that the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land

The decision throws the health insurance of as many as 20 million people into doubt.

FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows HealthCare.gov website on a computer screen in NY.

The judgment has been hailed as a victory by U.S. President Donald Trump who has always been fiercely critical of Obamacare.

The coalition of states challenging the law was led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, both Republicans.

The former president tried to quell any dread that the ruling could ultimately strike down the entirety of his signature health-care law, which is commonly referred to as Obamacare.

O'Connor concluded that striking down the individual mandate would necessitate throwing out the rest of the law. "How many elections do you have to get battered before you find another issue?"

In her appearance on "Face the Nation", Klobuchar said she wants to work to make the current law - with its popular provisions - better.

The Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.is pictured on April 4, 2017. "If it's invalidated by the courts, it's not".

Gov-elect Janet Mills reminds Mainers that the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land. Associated Press  Robert F. Bukaty
Gov-elect Janet Mills reminds Mainers that the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land. Associated Press Robert F. Bukaty

What O'Connor did do was issue his decision in the form of a "declaratory judgment" - essentially, an extended statement of how he had sorted out the rights of the challengers and of the defenders of Obamacare, siding totally with the challengers.

"As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!" he said.

The third-ranking GOP leader, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, praised the judge's ruling and made no mention of working with Democrats, whom he accused of "running a fear-mongering campaign" to win control of the House last month. But CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week and did not mention it, Klobuchar said. That could include the section that allows parents to keep young adult children on their coverage until age 26.

Democrats were united in condemning the ruling.

Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said the ruling "seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned". "What will stand is Republican ownership of such a harmful and disastrous lawsuit", Schumer tweeted. "In any case, the Supreme Court's "severability" doctrine calls for restraint in declaring an entire law illegal merely because one part of it is". California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and several more Democratic state attorneys general are expected to appeal the decision. But, according to Seattle University law professor John Kirkwork, there's no reason to panic. Why? "The notion that the unconstitutionality of an unenforceable mandate somehow requires toppling the entire ACA is bonkers".

In the wake of a Texas judge striking down the Obamacare health insurance law, Sen.

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.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that he had to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the signature health care overhaul by President Barack Obama, after Congress previous year zeroed out a key provision - the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance.

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