Health Care

Federal judge in Texas rules Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional

Federal judge in Texas rules Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional

We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. "The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole". The Supreme Court may or may not choose to hear the appeal, however.

The GOP-led states who brought the lawsuit asked O'Connor to toss out the entire law after Congress repealed the "individual mandate" penalty for going without coverage. The ruling threatens the ObamaCare health exchanges and aspects of the Affordable Health Care law, including a ban on insurance companies' refusing to cover pre-existing conditions. A spokeswoman for Becerra said an appeal will be filed before January 1. "Today's misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and wellbeing of all Americans". The decision comes amid a six-week open enrollment period for the program. O'Connor said in September that he would rule "as quickly as I can" - and ultimately ruled on the eve of the deadline.

Judge O'Connor's decision tonight effectively argues the opposite.

Theresa May plays down prospect of early breakthrough on Brexit deal
However, in return, she promised to resign as conservative leader and eventually Prime Minister until the election of 2022. Mrs May urged European Union leaders to work with her to " change the perception " of the controversial backstop plan.

The initial responses in the House and Senate are likely to vary. Bloomberg has more, with the publication adding that the DOJ tried to argue that the individual mandate, including provisions to keep the premium rates the same among healthy individuals and those with pre-existing conditions, should be struck down, but keep the rest of the law intact.

"If this terrible ruling is upheld in the higher courts, it will be a disaster for tens of millions of American families, especially for people with pre-existing conditions", said Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

"While the district court's absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision and for the fear they have struck into millions of families across America who are now in danger of losing their health coverage", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.

Massive Marriott data breach traced to Chinese hackers
China has repeatedly denied accusations from the United States around the development and deployment of cyberattacks. The attack on the Marriott's Starwood chain was discovered in September, then publicly disclosed last month.

Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told reporters in November that the administration had contingency plans in place for a ruling if the law was overturned, but declined to elaborate on them.

The health insurance industry says doing away with consumer protections will destabilize a market that seems to be finding its footing, with modest premium increases and more plan choices next year.

Preserving the law's protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions proved to be a strong argument for Democrats in the midterm elections.

British MP causes uproar after grabbing ceremonial mace in Brexit protest
Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown on November 29, 2018. A video grab from footage broadcast by the U.K.


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