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A federal ruling declares the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.
What does this mean for America’s healthcare?

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Timeline

  • 2010: Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare) signed into law
  • 2012: Supreme Court held the ACA’s “individual mandate”, which requires people to buy insurance or pay a penalty, is constitutional under Congress’ power to tax.
  • 2017: Congress eliminated the ACA tax penalty as part of the GOP’s tax overhaul in December.
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In February, 20 states (led by TX) sued to have the ACA declared unconstitutional after the tax penalty for the uninsured was removed.

On Friday, a federal judge ruled that w/o the tax penalty, the ACA is no longer a valid exercise of Congress’ power, & because it cannot be separated from the ACA, declared the entire ACA unconstitutional.

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“Today’s ruling halts an unconstitutional exertion of federal power over the American healthcare system…. which 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.”

TX Attorney General Ken Paxton
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“Today’s ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the ACA for healthcare, and on America’s faithful progress toward affordable healthcare for all Americans… The ACA has already survived more than 70 unsuccessful repeal attempts and withstood scrutiny in the Supreme Court.”

CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra
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Now What? Nada! All of the people insured under the ACA or the state marketplace insurance plans remain insured. Last week's ruling is NOT final and will be appealed. ACA is still the law of the land and it will remain so unless it is repealed or the Supreme Court strikes it down.

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