A federal judge in Texas on Friday struck down the entire Affordable Care Act, popular as Obamacare, ruling that the healthcare law’s individual coverage mandate was “unconstitutional”, handing a major political victory to US President Trump who has been seeking its end for last two years.
The ruling was over a lawsuit filed this year by a group of Republican governors and state attorneys general. It came on the eve of the Saturday deadline for Americans to sign up for coverage in the federal insurance exchange created under the law. In a ruling, likely to be challenged and was opposed by the Democrats, District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the individual mandate of Affordable Care Act requiring people to have health insurance “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’s tax power”
Judge O’Connor, a George W Bush appointee, said “the individual mandate is unconstitutional” and because the mandate cannot be separated from the rest of the law, Obamacare is invalid. “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an unconstitutional disaster! Now Congress must pass a strong law that provides great healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!” Trump said. Meanwhile, Trump said his interior secretary @RyanZinke will be leaving soon, the latest in high-profile departures from President’s turnover-plagued government.