‘ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL!’ Conservatives, Trump celebrate monumental victory

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President Donald Trump reacted positively Friday after a federal judge declared former President Barack Hussein Obama’s failed Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional.

“As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!” the president wrote in a tweet Friday evening.

“Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!”

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A number of prominent conservatives reacted similarly, praising U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor for having “killed” Obama’s widely panned health care law, Obamacare.

“If indeed ObamaCare were to be ruled unconstitutional by the appellate courts and, finally, the Supreme Court, Obama’s legacy would at last be wiped clean. It would be as if he never existed,” outspoken Hollywood actor James Woods enthusiastically tweeted.

Conservative radio show host Bill Mitchell, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, among others, chimed in as well.

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Appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush, Judge Connor ruled Friday in a 55-page opinion that the repeal of the health care law’s individual mandate last year made the entire law effectively unconstitutional.

Last December Trump signed a tax reform bill that repealed a widely panned mandate that had forced all Americans to either purchase insurance or pay a penalty to the Internal Revenue Service.

“We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year — forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans,” he announced in January at the 2018 State of the Union address.

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A month later Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton and 19 other plaintiffs sued the federal government over Obamacare, arguing that the repeal of the individual mandate made the law unenforceable.

“They argue that because the Supreme Court upheld the ACA in 2012 by saying its requirement to carry insurance was a legitimate use of Congress’ taxing power, eliminating the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance makes the entire law unconstitutional,” NBC News reported at the time.

“Texans have known all along that Obamacare is unlawful and a divided Supreme Court’s approval rested solely on the flimsy support of Congress’ authority to tax,” Paxton explained in a statement. “Congress has now kicked that flimsy support from beneath the law.”

While Judge O’Connor clearly disagrees, this doesn’t mean the law is dead quite yet. Why? In part because Democrat attorneys general, including Xavier Becerra of California, have vowed to file an appeal, suggesting the debate over Obamacare is again headed to the Supreme Court.

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Many conservatives on social media hope that, with conservative Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch now in place, this time the high court will make the “right decision.”

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