Trump signals healthcare reform to overtake 'unconstitutional' Obamacare
Dec 18, 2018, 00:56
A federal judge's ruling late Friday striking down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety has stoked anxiety among millions of Americans who rely on subsidized health insurance and millions more who have pre-existing conditions. US District Judge Reed O'Connor agreed with arguments by several states, led by Texas, which said that the Barack Obama-era law can not stand because there is now no penalty for Americans who do not buy insurance, NBC Newsreported. A federal judge in Texas concluded that, without the tax penalty for violating the individual mandate, the tax-based rationale behind Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion in King v Burwell was no longer sustainable.
The issue - what's known as the individual mandate - a law requiring people to have health insurance and penalizing them if they don't.
"There's no reason why the individual mandate provision can't be struck down and keep all the good provisions of the Affordable Care Act", Collins told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union".
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(Friday's) federal district court ruling in a case challenging the Affordable Care Act is the first step in what we expect will be a lengthy legal process.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a brief statement following the ruling, reiterating that the law will remain in full effect for now.
"#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.
President Donald Trump hailed the decision as "great news for America", boasting that Congress will now create a "great" health care plan, though that will likely be hard if large numbers of the pool of uninsured Americans opt not to pay for insurance. For now, it said in a statement, "the law remains in place". Gov. Paul LePage signed onto that lawsuit as an individual because he can't represent the state in lawsuits without permission from the ME attorney general.
The decision, announced Friday, prompted immediate outcry from Democrats, many of whom suggested this will renew pressure on Republican lawmakers to pass an acceptable alternative.
Republicans have been on the defensive since the failure of their repeated efforts to dismantle Obamacare while having control of Congress and the White House. In fact, the Supreme Court has twice upheld the law as constitutional in both 2012 and 2015. Pollock said some people were stumped by the judge's ruling. 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.
The president was applauding the decision over the weekend. "She did nothing to deserve this awful illness and because of you she now cannot be denied health coverage", she wrote. But this won't be a straightforward win for anybody: Democrats and Republicans are divided within their own parties over the best way forward, be that single-payer health care, Obamacare, a repeal or something else.
Collins criticized the individual mandate for being a tax disproportionately on lower and middle income taxpayers, but expressed support for parts of the Affordable Care Act.
While ACP hopes and anticipates that this decision by a single federal judge in Texas will be reversed on appeal, we take nothing for granted and will be doing all that we can to ensure that patients do not lose current law protections. Americans have been more favorable than unfavorable toward the ACA for almost two years, according to research conducted by KFF. Pingree goes on to call the ruling "absurd" and says it will be appealed.
As of December 8, 4.1 million people had chosen plans through the federal-government run portal that 39 states use for enrollment. In the prior year, the total enrolled was 12.2 million. "The latter sawed off the last leg it stood on".
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