Judge lets Obamacare stand during appeal process

Judge who struck down Affordable Care Act rules law can stay in place during appeal process

Judge who struck down Affordable Care Act rules law can stay in place during appeal process

Ken Paxton, Texas' Republican attorney general considered the architect of the lawsuit to defeat Obamacare, said on Sunday that his office is "eager to defend" last month's federal judge's ruling that declared the 2010 law unconstitutional.

O'Connor ruled several weeks ago that Obamacare's individual mandate is unconstitutional, and since the mandate can not be separated from the rest of the law, the entire Affordable Care Act is also invalid, according to The Hill.

O'Connor wrote in his original opinion, "Individual Mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress's Tax Power and is still impermissible under the Interstate Commerce Clause-meaning the Individual Mandate is unconstitutional".

In a filing in U.S. District Court in Texas, Judge Reed O'Connor paused a December 14 ruling that declared President Barack Obama's signature health care law unconstitutional, saying "many everyday Americans" would face "great uncertainty" while the case winds through federal court. The Republican President, Donald Trump had failed several times a year ago with the attempt, Obamacare should be abolished.

Judge O'Connor agreed with that reasoning. "The former enacted the ACA".

Democrats, meanwhile, say they plan to challenge O'Connor's partial judgment.

Becerra reacted to the judge's decision on Sunday and said in a statement to CNN: "We've always said we're going to protect the health care of Americans and make clear that the ACA is the law of the land".

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading the coalition of Democratic states, asked the court to take the legal steps necessary to allow the states to appeal the decision "expeditiously".

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