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Here's how Obama responded to a federal judge declaring Obamacare must be 'invalidated as a whole'


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In response to a federal judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, former President Barack Obama, who spearheaded the infamous law, urged Americans to enroll in Obamacare's health care coverage while dispelling the idea that his signature acheivement has finally met its end.

What did Obama say?

In a social media posting Saturday afternoon, Obama reminded people that Saturday was the final day to enroll in Obamacare coverage. But he spent the majority of the post countering the media's reporting, which accurately detailed the judge's ruling as wholly gutting Obamacare.

"[Y]ou might have heard about a federal court decision on a Republican lawsuit trying to strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. That can be a scary thing to hear, particularly if you or someone you care about has a pre-existing condition. And that's why it's so important for you to know that last night's ruling changes nothing for now," Obama said.

Obama further reassured Americans the law will likely remain in its current form for months, "if not years," as Friday's ruling is appealed through the court system. He ultimately predicted Obamacare will remain law when all is said and done.

What is the background?

Federal District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled Friday that tax reform passed by Republicans last year essentially killed Obamacare because the tax package eliminated the individual mandate penalty, which one would incur if they were uninsured for part of a tax year.
And because the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare — and the individual mandate — under the basis the law's penalty is actually a "tax," and therefore legal under Congress' constitutionally-based taxing power, without the individual mandate, O'Connor said Obamacare must be "invalidated as a whole."
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