Senators speak out on Obamacare ruling

Gabriel C. PÃ  KUT

Gabriel C. PÃ KUT

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the judge's decision "vindicates President Trump's position that Obamacare is unconstitutional".

Democrats from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to former President Barack Obama announced this weekend that their first priority after the holidays will be to preserve the Affordable Care Act, which was declared unconstitutional (again) Friday by a Federal District Court judge.

On Friday, O'Connor ruled that after Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax bill passed by Congress past year, the individual mandate requiring that most Americans obtain health insurance or pay a tax could no longer be considered constitutional.

Trump was speaking after a short tour in the rain of Arlington National Cemetery, where hundreds of thousands of Holiday wreaths are placed each year next to the graves of veterans.

Judge Reed O'Connor had an issue with the 2010 law's individual mandate, which would tax anyone who didn't get insured.

"Obamacare has been struck down by a highly respected judge".

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She said later: "There's no reason why the individual mandate provision can't be struck down, and keep all of the good provisions of the Affordable Care Act".

"#Republicans' legal crusade against the #AffordableCareAct is a political stunt, but a risky one that puts health coverage and vital health protections for millions of Americans at risk", Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse tweeted Saturday.

Representative Nancy Pelosi, who's likely to become Speaker in the new Congress, called the ruling "absurd", adding that Democrats in the House will "swiftly intervene in the appeals process" once they take control in January.

That lawsuit cited a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the mandate as being within Congress' taxation power, saying that the law can't be severed from the tax.

"You might have heard about a federal court decision on a Republican lawsuit trying to strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety".

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a supporter of Obamacare and its protections for pre-existing conditions, said Sunday she believes O'Connor's ruling will get overturned by a higher court.

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If the law were thrown out, it would likely hurt the businesses of hospitals, some insurers and health care providers who have gained millions of new paying customers with billions of dollars worth of subsidized health insurance coverage provided by the program.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said voters will remember.

If you care about our work or just agree that we need a stronger press in the fight to reclaim our democracy, please take 30 seconds to help! "Americans who care about working families must do all they can to prevent this district court ruling from becoming law", Schumer wrote in a statement. "I mean I'm thinking about all the people with pre-existing conditions and how they must feel right now".

"The president has been 100 percent clear: He will not sign a repeal-and-replace package for Obamacare that does not adequately protect individuals who have preexisting conditions", Azar said.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh launched a counterattack September 13 to save Obamacare, seeking a judgment that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and a court order barring the US from taking any action inconsistent with that conclusion.

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