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You may have missed it, but earlier this week a federal judge ruled that Obamacare was indeed unconstitutional.

From Fox News:

A federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that one of the biggest legislative accomplishments of the Obama administration is unconstitutional because of recent changes made to tax laws…

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U.S.. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth sided with a group of Republicans — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spearheaded the lawsuit, alongside 19 states — who sued in February to end the law, arguing that Congress had eliminated a key provision in the legislation when it passed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The tax overhaul repealed the individual mandate, which required Americans to either get health insurance or face a financial penalty.

The Supreme Court originally upheld ObamaCare on the principle that the mandate was somehow a tax. Although Congress does not have the ability to require people to buy health insurance, or a car, or a house, that particular provision was considered part of lawmakers’ taxing authority. But when Congress removed that penalty, they essentially gutted the taxation part of the law. States then argued that the entire basis for the health care act standing as constitutional is gone, meaning the entire law is unconstitutional.

“The Individual Mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress’s Tax Power and is still impermissible under the Interstate Commerce Clause — meaning the Individual Mandate is unconstitutional,” O’Connor wrote in his ruling, according to Bloomberg. “The Individual Mandate is essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA.”

The President cheered the decision, even though it really changes nothing… yet.

He had some more to say at the Congressional Christmas Ball on Saturday, where he promised that Americans would soon see “very good” healthcare.

(Starting about 3:50 into the video.)

“We have so much more to do. This is going to be an exciting week. But I think it is going to be a really exciting year and exciting 2 years…

I believe we’re going to get really good healthcare. Exciting things happened over the last 24 hours. And if everybody’s smart because we have Democrats here tonight and I’m very happy about that. People don’t realize that I have a lot of friends who are Democrats and we have Democrats here. If the Republicans and Democrats get together we are going to end up with incredible healthcare which is the way it should have been from day one and it’s going to happen. It now has a chance to happen.”

Sadly, the federal decision will likely be immediately appealed, meaning that Obamacare will continue to live for the time being. However, if the case reaches the Supreme Court, perhaps there is a chance that Chief Justice Roberts will agree with the states opposing Obamacare that the changes to the tax code make the health insurance law unconstitutional.

Here’s hoping for a more free, and less-taxed America.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

Mateus Kadesh

A right-leaning libertarian who hopes and prays that the American people remember what made our nation great.

 

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