opinion The Detroit News Published 11:00 PM EST Dec 20, 2018 A recent decision by Texas U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional due to his interpretation of the individual mandate, following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017. The decision doesn't mark the immediate end of the controversial health care law, but it should light a fire under Congress to address looming challenges. The case, Texas v. Azar, was filed by 20 Republican state attorneys general against the federal government, which was backed by 16 states and Washington D. C. who intervened as defendants in the case. As the GOP plaintiffs rejoice, the defendants have immediately begun to look toward appealing the decision. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gutted the individual mandate — which had forced Americans to buy insurance or pay a penalty — and axed the penalty. O'Connor's decision said that without a penalty, the law no longer … [Read more...] about Editorial: Fix Obamacare in Congress, not courts
Mark Sherman, Associated Press Updated 11:17 am PST, Monday, December 17, 2018 FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows HealthCare.gov website on a computer screen in New York. A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people. less FILE - This Oct. 23, 2018 file photo shows HealthCare.gov website on a computer screen in New York. A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among ... more Photo: Patrick Sison, AP Photo: Patrick Sison, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption … [Read more...] about After judge’s ruling against Obamacare, what happens now?
Mark Sherman Associated Press Updated 2:23 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 Washington – A federal judge’s ruling would, if upheld, wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama and twice sustained by the Supreme Court. Judge Reed O’Connor’s opinion was issued late Friday and supporters of the law vowed to appeal and take other steps to preserve health benefits in the law sometimes called Obamacare. Some questions and answers about O’Connor’s ruling: What is the immediate effect of the ruling for Americans covered under the ACA? In a word, nothing. Although O’Connor said the entire law must fall, he did not grant a request from its opponents to have his ruling take effect immediately. That means that all the law’s provisions remain in effect. The federal Health and Human Services Department put out a statement making clear that it “will continue administering and enforcing … [Read more...] about After ruling against Obamacare, what happens now?
By Kimberly Atkins | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: December 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm | UPDATED: December 17, 2018 at 5:01 am WASHINGTON — A federal court ruling striking down Obamacare threw an explosive political issue in the laps of Republicans and Democrats in Washington just weeks before divided government is set to take hold. Friday’s ruling by Texas-based U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor invalidated the federal health care law, reasoning that Congress’s elimination of the individual mandate penalty as part of the 2017 tax law nullified the rest of the health care act. The White House announced the law would stay in place while the ruling, which came on the eve of the Obamacare open enrollment deadline in most states, is appealed. Trump initially celebrated the decision on Twitter Friday, calling it “Great news for America!” Democrats vowed to intervene in the case, which is part of a multistate effort to challenge the … [Read more...] about Atkins: Obamacare ruling puts health care on high-stakes footing
Enrollments for health insurance in Colorado under the Affordable Care Act will not be impacted by a ruling Friday by a U.S. District judge in Texas declaring the law unconstitutional, state officials said.The decision Friday finding core provisions of “Obamacare” unconstitutional comes just before the end of a six-week open enrollment period for coverage in 2019 is likely to be appealed and ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Trump administration has said ACA will remain in effect until appeals are decided. Core provisions of ‘Obamacare’ ruled unconstitutional by Texas federal judgeThe Colorado Division of Insurance declared that, even with the ruling, "the ACA isn't going away," especially for those with preexisting conditions.“I said it in June when this case first bubbled up, and I’ll say it again: Guaranteed health insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions is enshrined in Colorado law,” Interim Insurance … [Read more...] about Texas judge’s decision will not affect Obamacare enrollments in Colorado