FILE-in This., Nov. 29, 2013, file photo shows a part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, file)
The conservatives, the long-despised ObamaCare expected, look forward to, now that a Federal judge in Texas has ruled that law to be unconstitutional.
But only few of them the champagne, pop the corks are, at least in the media.
“No one rejects ObamaCare more than we do,” says The Wall Street Journal editorial page, but the ruling “is likely to be overturned on appeal, and can backfire politically on Republicans.”
ObamaCare was a “misbegotten law,” says the “National Review”. “We are not able to applaud, judge Reed O’connor’s decision. In fact, we regret it. It will not lead to the replacement of Obamacare, as much as we want that result. It is instead the Republicans be another way to evade responsibility ahead of legislation in this direction … it is very likely to be overturned on appeal, because it deserves to be.”
ObamaCare coverage remains intact in the midst of Supreme court verdict
Exchanges still open for business after a Federal judge deals a serious blow to the health-care-law; Doug McKelway reports from Washington.
ObamaCare is flawed legislation was, to say the least, that the premiums for some people and, despite the former President’s promises, and caused others to lose their doctors and their plans.
But there is a reason that a Republic save cher Congress with President Trump’s failed three attempts, repealed and replaced the law. Much of the GOP do not want to take the political heat, the millions of Americans losing their health insurance.
The law has become more popular, now that his name is out of the office, and in particular, the provision that bars insurance companies from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions. Many Republicans spent the campaign swears to preserve, which is part of the law (even some that have chosen to ObamaCare, abolish, or moved to weaken at the state level).
Not everyone agrees on the right side. The Federalist-says the judge’s decision is long overdue, because “the blunt reality is that Obamacare has always been at the heart of a bad-faith proposal. The basic operation of the law, never stated or acknowledged by its authors, was to force, to subsidise younger, healthier people, health insurance for older, sicker people. It is a redistribution was a scheme, plain and simple.”
By the way, it is no coincidence that the decision came from O’connor, a controversial and conservative Bush-appointee who often ruled against the Obama administration. Nor is it a coincidence that the States that filed the suit did so in Texas, where the courts are likely to be conservative — the flip side of the Trump to complain about the suits in the liberal 9. District in San Francisco.
If the John Roberts court upheld the law in 2012, said that Congress could not force people to buy insurance through the individual mandate, but that was okay, because it could tax people who don’t purchase coverage.
What’s next for ObamaCare to Texas-judge-verdict?
Federal judge rules of the Affordable Care Act, is unconstitutional.
Last year, as part of the tax reform, which the Congress determined the penalty tax to zero, resulting in the mandate. O’connor ruled that the whole law must be dismissed because it is based on a tax-slash-mandate no longer exists.
It is doubtful, to buy that the Supreme court, this argument, but the political impact is in the short term, it is clear. Democrats see a boost in their efforts, some version of Medicare for All, although the decision should block things, and the GOP Senate does not go along in any case. The Republicans have to navigate a path between the rhetorical opposition to ObamaCare and not the steps that would lead to a health crisis and beyond you ban pre-existing conditions.
Trump, while tweeting that the law is “UNCONSTITUTIONAL CATASTROPHE”, was added quickly: “Now, Congress will pass a STRONG law that offers good health care, and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!”
But you get it done, would have been easier if Nancy leader was a minority. Ultimately, a divided Congress, not the courts, must find a way out of this mess.