Texas judge rules ‘Obamacare’ unconstitutional, so now what?

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A federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as “Obamacare” is unconstitutional.

The case will likely head to the U.S. Supreme Court and could possibly give President Donald Trump and Republicans another chance to repeal and replace the health care law.

“If the Supreme Court upholds, we’ll be sitting down with the Democrats and we’ll get great health care for our people,” President Trump said.

But it could take the Supreme Court up to a year to take the case and even longer to decide on it. So what does this mean for the people of New Jersey right now?

For the time being, people who bought insurance through exchanges will keep it and all provisions of the Affordable Care Act remain in place.

Ray Castro of the left-leaning group NJ Policy Perspective says state residents who benefit from the law shouldn’t worry until the Supreme Court takes up the case. He also says that health care will most likely be a major issue in the 2020 election.

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“You're not hearing a whole lot of conservatives applauding this decision because they know it is trouble for them at the polls,” he says.

Some of New Jersey’s federal lawmakers say that the Affordable Care Act should remain in place.

“Now that we got one foot up anyway in the House, we're going to continue to try that. No one said it's a perfect document, but it's certainly helped a hell of a lot of people and the data shows that,” says Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell.

Gov. Phil Murphy also weighed in on the topic Monday afternoon.

“Health care for all. Health care as a right, not as a privilege continues to be our guiding light,” he says.

Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone says that he vows to hold hearings into the Trump administration’s role in the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. 

Pallone will become the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in January.

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