72°F
weather icon Clear

Obamacare unconstitutional, federal judge rules in Texas

Updated December 14, 2018 - 10:13 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas — A federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for coverage next year.

In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled Friday that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage.

Supporters of the law immediately said they would appeal.

The White House applauded O’Connor’s ruling, but said the law remains in place while appeals proceed. President Donald Trump tweeted that Congress should pass a new law.

Twenty Republican-led states brought the lawsuit. After Trump ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the health law, a coalition of ACA-supporting states took up the defense.

O’Connor is a conservative Republican appointee who previously blocked other Obama-era policies.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Lawmakers seek to strengthen fight against antisemitism in US

Almost nine in 10 Jewish respondents said there was more discrimination against them since the Hamas terrorist attack against Israel, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

House speaker pushes ahead on US aid for Israel, allies

Mike Johnson referred to himself as a “wartime speaker” of the House and indicated in his strongest self-defense yet he would press forward with a U.S. national security aid package.

Israeli military displays intercepted Iranian missile

It was the first time Iran has launched a direct military strike on Israel after decades of enmity going back to Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

House speaker goes own way on wartime funding

House Speaker Mike Johnson unveiled a complicated proposal for passing wartime aid for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan.

Biden hosts Iraqi leader after Iran’s attack on Israel

President Joe Biden hosted Iraq’s leader at the White House as his administration worked to prevent an escalation in Mideast hostilities.

Israel has to avoid escalation in Iran response, Macron says

European leaders joined the U.S in pushing for Israel to restrain its response to Iran’s drone and missile attack, in a bid to allay a wider military conflict.

Israel will respond to Iran’s attack, military chief says

Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said that Israel is still considering its steps, but he said that the Iranian strike of missiles and attack drones “will be met with a response.”