Federal judge in Texas rules Obamacare is unconstitutional

Obamacare looks to be headed back to the Supreme Court. That’s because Friday evening a federal judge in Texas ruled that the healthcare law is unconstitutional.

The ruling that the healthcare law is invalid is over the individual mandate penalty.  Basically, the judge ruled that because the penalty for not buying health insurance no longer exists, the entire law is invalid. He believes that Congress never intended for the Affordable Care Act to exist without the individual mandate. 

In announcing his decision, Judge Reed O’Connor wrote the following:

“The Individual Mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress’s Tax Power and is still impermissible under the Interstate Commerce Clause — meaning the Individual Mandate is unconstitutional. The Individual Mandate is essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA.

“Without it, Congress and the Supreme Court have stated, the architectural design fails. It is like watching a slow game of Jenga, each party poking at a different provision to see if the ACA falls.”

President Trump was overjoyed with the ruling, making his feelings known on Twitter.

This ruling is almost assured to be challenged in a higher court, with it likely making its way to the Supreme Court.

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