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Sen. Amy Klobuchar Calls Texas Affordable Care Act Ruling ‘Absurd’

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Calls Texas Affordable Care Act Ruling ‘Absurd’”

President Donald Trump made abolishing the programme one of his main campaign pledges. While the Trump administration said it did not agree with the plaintiffs that the tax law meant the entire ACA was unconstitutional, it said that the provisions of the law guaranteeing that people with preexisting health conditions could purchase coverage at the same price as everyone else were so inextricably linked to the tax penalty that they should be struck.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who was one of the key votes thwarting a GOP effort to rollback the 2010 health care law as part of a dramatic late night session of the Senate, said she thought the broad sweep of the O'Connor ruling would be overturned on appeal.

The challenge to the ACA brought by Republican attorneys general is aimed at eliminating protections for pre-existing conditions, Kodjak says.

O'Connor's opinion that the entire ACA can no longer stand would disrupt health-insurance markets and countless other aspects of American health care: expanded Medicaid coverage, rules for employer health plans, and a long list of taxes and changes to Medicare payments, among other policies.

The sign-up deadline for coverage under the ACA for 2019 ended on Saturday.

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.

While Collins pointed to data suggesting lower- and middle-income taxpayers were more likely to pay penalties for not having health insurance, advocates for the Affordable Care Act have pointed to a 2017 Congressional Budget Office analysis that forecast that the mandate's repeal would result in 13 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade and 10 percent increases in premiums most years over that timespan.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spearheaded the lawsuit, said the ruling "will give President Trump and Congress the opportunity to replace the failed social experiment with a plan that ensures Texans and all Americans will again have greater choice about what health coverage they need and who will be their doctor". "In that world, a Republican judge cuts tens of millions of people off health insurance mere weeks after Republicans lost a midterm election for merely trying to cut those people off health insurance", he continued.

"Nearly a decade of constant and cynical assault on what was supposed to be a compromise bill has pushed the Democratic Party left on health care policy, and persuaded Democrats everywhere that trying to compromise or placate Republicans is foolish", wrote Klein. "Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place".

"The fact that they could cause their fellow Republicans harm did not seem to bother them", Wilensky said. "We will continue to fight these efforts to take Americans' health care away", he tweeted.

The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in 2012. He said judges who find that portions of laws are invalid are required "to do as little damage as possible" to the rest of the law, and O'Connor had ignored that principle.

By ignoring that Congress specifically declined to strike down the ACA in 2017 when it chose to alter only one portion of the bill, she said, the judge decreed that the 2010 Congress, which first passed the law, has more authority than the same legislative body in 2017.

In June, the Justice Department announced it would not fully defend the law in court.

Judge Reed was nominated in 2007 by President George W. Bush to a seat on the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. United States, was filed in February.

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