After a federal judge declared former President Barack Hussein Obama’s failed Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional Friday, President Donald Trump put the onus on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to draft a replacement.
“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!” he tweeted.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018
While neither legislator has yet responded to the president, Pelosi made it clear on Twitter that she staunchly opposes U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruling.
“Tonight’s absurd ruling exposes the monstrous endgame of the GOP’s all-out assault on people w/ pre-existing conditions & the ACA,” she tweeted Friday evening. “When @HouseDemocrats take the gavel, the House will swiftly intervene in the appeals process to #ProtectOurCare!”
From the sounds of it, the upcoming House speaker intends to focus on protecting the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, versus drafting a suitable replacement.
So does Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“The GOP spent all last year pretending to support people with pre-existing conditions while quietly trying to remove that support in the courts,” he tweeted Friday. “Next year, we will force votes to expose their lies. They will no longer be able to get away with lying to the American people.”
The GOP spent all last year pretending to support people with pre-existing conditions while quietly trying to remove that support in the courts.
Next year, we will force votes to expose their lies. They will no longer be able to get away with lying to the American people.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 15, 2018
He and Pelosi aren’t alone. A host of left-wing legislators, commentators and so-called “journalists” have come out swinging, accusing O’Connor of being a partisan hack and “hater”:
Judge Reed O’Connor is a partisan hack and an embarrassment to the legal profession. There are many examples of his horseshit rulings that I could cite, but here’s the worst. pic.twitter.com/ye4fZEgsv9
— Josh Moon (@Josh_Moon) December 15, 2018
And btw, I’m very tired of seeing “Federal judge” used instead a real person. The man who viciously attacked the healthcare of 133M Americans is named Reed O’Connor. Here he is. He’s a hater, btw. Look into his rulings on Title IX and LGBTQ protection under the law. pic.twitter.com/DoESy4rFus
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) December 15, 2018
— Brian Latimer (@briskwalk) December 15, 2018
Exactly. Another way to put Brent’s point is that this judge is a partisan hack more interested in political points than maintaining stare decisis or respect for the rule of law
— John D. Burns (@johnburnsnc) December 15, 2018
The good news is that I fully expect six members of the Supreme Court to reject this hack judge’s decision striking down Obamacare.
The bad news is that Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch will dissent.https://t.co/BnhtAJ2lEg
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) December 15, 2018
Even before Friday’s ruling, Obamacare was already a failed law that’d led to exorbitant premiums, lost coverage and corruption. Its only saving grace was the protection it afforded those with pre-existing conditions. For everybody else, Obamacare has been hell.
Case in point:
I’m self employed and Obamacare has almost bankrupted me. I had good, affordable, usable insurance prior to Obamacare. I lost my plan and my premium increased 1000%. Because of Obamacare.
— fossilady (@Donna83529215) December 15, 2018
How much is your healthcare? When my $186/pay plan was eliminated, back in the “you can keep your doctor” days, I had to enroll in Obamacare. $1000/month with a 10K deductible. It nearly bankrupted me, and my family of 3 had 5 total doctor visits (including 3 well checks).
— ❌Sweet❌Red❌45 ??❌ (@EminemsMelt) December 13, 2018
ObamaCare about bankrupted me and the two companies I work for. Premiums doubled; Deductibles doubled and out of pocket quadrupled.
— Gary Wilcox (@GLW280) November 16, 2018
Ditto. Self employed (Doctor) Had to get Obamacare 3 yrs ago when it became mandatory. Premiums increase about 20-30% per year. Currently $3000/mo for high deductible for fam of 6. Had to switch all of our Drs. Coverage very restrictive. Customer service sucks. #ObamacareSucks
— Michael Kellams (@DrMAK66) December 15, 2018
Obamacare is a scourge on the US. It ruined lives and destroyed Health insurance.
— AttackPilotTrader (@NCBenWilliams) December 15, 2018
In a statement prior to the midterm elections, current House Majority Whip Steve Scalise vowed to fix the Obamacare debacle if the GOP maintained control of Congress.
“We’ve got to hold the House, but if we get more Senate seats, we gotta go back to health care,” he said. “Obamacare’s only getting worse. There is no private marketplace for families out there. Our bill that we almost passed … let’s come back and get that bill passed.”
Earlier this year the GOP-led House passed an Obamacare replacement bill. Thanks to intransigence by the late Sen. John McCain, however, the bill never made it to the president’s desk.
And because Democrats have regained control of the House and Pelosi has zero interest in fixing the Obamacare crisis, it appears the bill will never reach Trump’s desk.
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