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US court rules Obamacare as unconstitutional

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.

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