To the hate and chagrin of countless leftists who would love to see United States healthcare transformed into the socialist idiocy of the VA or European models, which prevent children from leaving the country to try alternative life-saving methods, a federal judge in Texas issued a massive blow to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the entire system was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring individual citizens to buy health insurance.
“O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidated the entire Obamacare law.
“The coalition of states challenging the law was led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.”
Since the law was forced on Americans in 2010, liberty-loving people all over the country have fought the arbitrary socialization of healthcare, and the subsequent poor results it produces.
He added that the courts “are not tasked with, nor are they suited to, policymaking.”
“O’Connor said that because the individual mandate is ‘essential’ to the rest of the ACA, all of Obamacare is invalid.”
“Congress stated many times unequivocally — through enacted text signed by the president — that the individual mandate is ‘essential’ to the ACA,” O’Connor wrote. “And this essentiality, the ACA’s text makes clear, means the mandate must work ‘together with the other provisions’ for the Act to function as intended.”
“O’Connor’s ruling comes one day ahead of when Obamacare’s marketplaces will close for most of the country’s open enrollment period. The newest enrollment numbers found that Obamacare sign-ups are down roughly 20 percent.”
“DOJ attorney Brett Schumate asked that the courts that any changes to the ACA be delayed until 2020, given that markets have already established Obamacare insurance rates.
“House Republicans managed to pass an Obamacare repeal proposal known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA); however, Senate Republicans failed to pass multiple Obamacare repeal proposals during this congressional term.
President Donald Trump tweeted last night, “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!”
Many people are hailing the ruling and hope that no other such healthcare laws are passed. They argue that illegal, wasteful, socialized medicine is the first step toward the slavery of fascism, where people are forced to buy and do what the government dictates.