A federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, a decision that was likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court. They claimed that when Congress repealed the tax penalty previous year, it eliminated the US Supreme Court's rationale for finding the ACA constitutional in 2012.
Twenty Republican-led states brought the lawsuit. "The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole".
The law includes provisions that provide subsidies that help people buy coverage, its expansion of Medicaid to millions of low income people, and its protections that let people with pre-existing conditions buy insurance.
In a ruling released Friday evening, a federal judge in Texas sided with states arguing that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" are unconstitutional. They say that the voiding of the penalty, which takes effect next year, removes the legal underpinning the Supreme Court relied upon when it upheld the law in 2012 under Congress' tax power. There is no reason to not sign up while the implications of the judge's ruling are tested.
The Trump administration said in June that it would not defend several important provisions of Obamacare in court. "Our lawsuit seeks to effectively repeal Obamacare, 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".
Heads up! Geminid meteor shower peaks this week The shower is associated with 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid that is believed to have collided with another object many years ago. This will occur from late tonight to the early hours of tomorrow morning, with 2am offering ideal viewing conditions.
In oral arguments in September, a lawyer for California said that the harm from striking down the law would be "devastating" and that more than 20 million Americans were able to gain health insurance under it. The lawsuit argues that, with the enforcement of the insurance requirement gone, there is no longer a tax, so the law is not constitutional anymore.
O'Connor's ruling comes one day ahead of when Obamacare's marketplaces will close for most of the country's open enrollment period. "Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place".
Repealing the Affordable Care Act could lead to about 15 million people losing their health insurance coverage, according to Ana Gupte, a Wall Street analyst at Leerink Partners. And yet, Republicans have made it clear that their priority is attacking access to critically-needed health care, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and insurance for young people. California and other states had intervened to defend the 2010 health care law after the Trump administration declined to defend its provisions that guarantee coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, arguing that those provisions can not be separated from the mandate.
US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said: "If this very bad ruling is upheld in the higher courts, itwill be a disaster for tens of millions of American families".
The federal government heavily regulates and restricts commercial use of hemp because of its relation to cannabis. That's notable for several reasons , none more so than the provision which would legalize hemp production.
India named their 13-man squad for this Test, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma ruled out owing to injury concerns. Blues batsman Kurtis Patterson, though, proved runs can be found on the pitch as he scored a century in the same match.
A test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is scheduled to launch from the Mojave Air and Space Port, north of Los Angeles. The firm's SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship reached a height of 82.7km, beyond the altitude at which space is said to begin.
Horford was nursing a sore left knee, Irving had a sore right shoulder, Hayward was ill and Baynes was out with a sprained ankle. The rookie scored seven points and hauled in 11 boards, to go along with not one, but two blocks on Anthony Davis .
As many as 11, including Dena Bank and Allahabad Bank, of the 21 public sector banks (PSBs) are under the RBI's PCA framework. This followed a host of issues with the government, including those on autonomy and its operational integrity.
Thomas Markle , father of Meghan , gave an interview with the British newspaper The Daily Mail to talk about his daughter. Earlier, opening up about her daughter's pregnancy, he said that it all feels "overwhelming and joyful".
Meanwhile, the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has insisted that the agreement with Theresa May is the only deal on offer. It is meant to ensure there is no return to a hard border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.
The decades-long tradition has been a time for members of the press and White House officials to celebrate the holiday season. Trump advisers cautioned that the president is unpredictable and to not call anyone a front-runner.
The twin Voyagers launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1977, and zipped by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. However, for all practical purposes, both spacecraft are in interstellar space or the space between stars.
USA planning actions targeting Chinese hackers and spies
China's decision came amid a period of heightening tensions between the US and China over trade and intellectual property issues. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) soybeans traded higher on Wednesday morning amid continued optimism on trade talks with China.
OPEC cuts oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day
On Twitter Wednesday, Trump urged OPEC not to restrict oil flows, but since then has not publicly addressed the market. Also, it seems that factors other than OPEC production are playing a bigger role in determining oil prices .
Key Democrat says Trump allegations could be 'impeachable'
He's pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt for disobeying a judge's order, and I. Under US law, campaign contributions, defined as things of value given to a campaign to influence an election, must be disclosed.
Storm brings heavy snow to southern West Virginia
Meanwhile, police in Virginia say there have been significant delays on interstates as vehicles stuck in snow have impeded travel. Officials in several states urged residents to stay off the roads and instead enjoy holiday festivities with their loved ones.