Democrats Ask Judge to Clarify ACA Ruling, Open Legal Door to Appeal

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President Donald Trump Monday spoke out on Twitter against the high deductibles included on many Obamacare plans, saying that in most cases it's not "even useable". "A confirming Supreme Court Decision will lead to GREAT HealthCare results for Americans!" As always, the Trump Administration stands ready to work with Congress on policy solutions that will deliver more insurance choices, better healthcare, and lower costs while continuing to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Republicans have been on the defensive since the failure of their repeated efforts to dismantle Obamacare while having control of Congress and the White House.

If the court were to overturn the law, it would leave the Trump administration and a divided Congress in a remarkably hard situation - scrambling to come up with an alternative that has eluded the law's critics in Washington ever since its passage in 2010. Despite arguing for years the mandate was essential to the success of Obamacare, they're now backtracking in an attempt to save what's left.

Alternatively, the US House of Representatives, which will have a Democratic majority next term, has indicated that it may seek to intervene in the litigation when the new Congress convenes in 2019. We have now basically been proven that it's important but not as important as we thought because look, we now have experience of the law without it, they removed the mandate.

"We're asking the court to make clear that the ACA is still the law and ensure that all Americans can continue to access affordable healthcare under it", Becerra said in a statement.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins from ME told CNN over the weekend that she thinks the ruling will be overturned. "I believe it will be overturned." Sen.

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The Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare's individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance in 2012.

Another dimension of the controversial case is the fact that Judge O'Connor is widely perceived as a partisan judge, raising questions about his reasoning for deciding that Obamacare must be overturned. Numerous high-ranking Republican lawmakers have said they did not intend to also strike down popular provisions such as protection for people with pre-existing medical conditions when they repealed the ACA's fines for people who can afford coverage but remain uninsured.

The Trump administration declined to defend the constitutionality of the individual mandate but asked the court to delay its decision until after the health insurance exchange open enrollment concluded on December 15, and to defer any holding as to the severability of the individual mandate to the following year.

"Well, I actually think that judge, it was a silly ruling by the judge".

As former President Barack Obama noted on Facebook after Friday's ruling, "Republicans will never stop trying to undo" the health care law.