WYOMING – The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was struck down by a Texas judge on Friday, a decision that could throw into uncertainty the health insurance status of millions of Americans. The ruling comes during a six-week open enrollment period for the program.
Texas is one of 19 states, including Wyoming, that chose not to expand Medicaid in 2017. Wyoming is one of the few states to experience a growing number of uninsured since 2013.
In response to the announcement ACA was declared unconstitutional, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!”
The Trump Administration has said that it expects the court’s ruling to be appealed to the Supreme Court. As the court decision is not an injunction that halts enforcement of Obamacare, the Department of Health and Human Services has said it will continue administering and enforcing all aspects of the law as it had before the court issued its decision.
Wyoming’s elected leaders also responded favorably to the decision.
Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said, “It has been eight years, but Obamacare is still struggling to meet the needs of Americans across the country. I warned the law’s authors from the start about their top-down, federal first approach to health insurance. It has decreased competition and raised prices on folks just trying to make ends meet. The constitutionality of the law will continue to be debated in the courts. No matter the outcome, Congress still needs to work to help ensure individuals, including those with pre-existing conditions, have access to high quality and affordable health insurance coverage. Obamacare has failed to ensure that for many Americans, but I will continue to work with my colleagues to bring about a better system to help those in need.”
Congresswoman Liz Cheney stated, “I applaud Friday night’s federal court ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional. The law has also been a disaster for hard-working Americans. Health care costs have spiked while the quality and choice of care have declined. Despite all the promises we heard from President Obama and Nancy Pelosi, American families have suffered from out of control premium increases and too many have not been able to keep their own doctors or health care plans.”
Sen. John Barrasso made his comments on CBS Face the Nation over the weekend.
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