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The ruling is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court and the law will remain in effect until the appeals process is over. "Congress severed that thin thread with the tax act of 2017, and all of Obamacare must fall". "For the reasons stated above, the Court grants Plaintiffs partial summary judgment and declares the Individual Mandate, 26 U.S.C. § 5000A (a), UNCONSTITUTIONAL".

At issue was the individual mandate, the provision in Obamacare that requires everyone to have health insurance or face a penalty in the form of a tax.

The coalition of states challenging the law was led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, both Republicans. "The Court finds the Individual Mandate "is essential to" and inseverable from "the other provisions of" the ACA", wrote O'Connor in his 55-page long opinion.

Ending the act would eliminate current protections for those with pre-existing conditions, such as pregnancy, arthritis and diabetes.

'Once again, the president calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with preexisting conditions and provide Americans with quality affordable healthcare, ' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

The Affordable Care Act was struck down by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of USA residents. The judge's ruling will also be immediately appealed. However, the Trump administration sided with Texas et all.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office said the state would appeal the ruling.

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Since the suit was filed in January, many health-law specialists have viewed its logic as weak but nevertheless have regarded the case as the greatest looming legal threat to the 2010 law, which has been a GOP whipping post ever since and assailed repeatedly in the courts.

In Texas alone, there are more than 4.5 million "nonelderly adults" with pre-existing conditions that could make it hard for them to get health insurance if Obamacare went away, statistics show.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could lead to about 15 million people losing their health insurance coverage, according to Ana Gupte, a Wall Street analyst at Leerink Partners.

Because the administration would not defend the law, California, joined by 16 other Democratic states, stepped in.

"We'll continue to fight in court for New Yorkers and all Americans", she said on Twitter. And yet, Republicans have made it clear that their priority is attacking access to critically-needed health care, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and insurance for young people.

Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told reporters in November that the administration had contingency plans in place for a ruling if the law was overturned, but declined to elaborate on them.


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