Despite federal judge ruling, hundreds enroll in Obamacare

About one million Floridians signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act commonly known as Obamacare, just from November 1st to December 8th this year — the most among all the states — followed by Texas, with over $500,000.

Hundreds more enrolled by the December 15th deadline, despite the recent ruling by a federal judge in Texas that now threatens the healthcare program.

“If this ruling holds, here’s what would happen: not only would people with pre-existing conditions not be covered, can you imagine a parent, a little girl, little boy who has cancer, and the insurance company says ‘you’re out because your child has cancer, it’s too expensive for us’? That’s devastating,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer.

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled on Friday that Obamacare does not meet constitutional standards. He sided with a coalition of 20 states that argued that requiring people to pay for insurance coverage is illegal, because a change in tax law last year eliminated a penalty for not having health insurance.

“It was a big ruling. It’s a great ruling for our country. We’ll be able to get great healthcare. We’ll sit down with the Democrats – if the Supreme Court upholds. We’ll be sitting down with the Democrats and we will get great healthcare for our people.”

The ruling, for now, has little immediate impact besides the disruption and uncertainties it brings. That’s because Obamacare will remain in place while the legal battle continues, possibly all the way to the Supreme Court.

“The judge used what he called ‘legislative intent’, what the Congress intended, and he totally misinterpreted it. So our intervention, we would file a ‘friend of the court’ brief that say ‘here’s what Congress really intended’. And I think that would matter to the court of appeals.”

But Jen Furer is hoping lawmakers would come up with a more fair healthcare plan.

“I think they should just repeal and replace it, and start from scratch. Cause I don’t know who read what 40,000 pages I don’t know if they really know exactly. They should just make it like a car insurance, you have your choices you could pick depending on what you need,” said Furer.

Furer and her husband are small business owners and buy their own health insurance. Their monthly payments skyrocketed under Obamacare. Different guidelines and salary caps also forced them to make hard choices.

Between planned court appeals to this ruling, and growing uncertainties from those who are for and against Obamacare, one thing both sides agree on is that healthcare will continue to be a major political issue over the next two years, leading up to the 2020 election.

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  • Mario
    18 December 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    When Obamacare was submitted to the Supreme Court, Justice Robert,found that it is illegal to force any individual to buy Obamacare and illegal to put in jail any one who could not pay for Obamacare. To make it legal and Constitutional, Justice Robert change the wording and it specify that Obamacare force buying is an additional tax, because the Federal gov’t can imposed tax. When Trump tried to repeal OBamacare, it FAILED just one vote, J McCain voted NO, join the Democrat YES votes. When Trump passed the Tax cut law, it removed the Obamacare power to tax people. Then,OBAMACARE become UNConstitutional. During the mid-term election the Dems blame Trump about pre-existing condition, the truth is Obamacare still active ,anything about increase of medical coverage is still Obamacame. Increase membership on Obamacare, people has NO CHOICE, Obamacare still there. Democrat plan to pass “Medicaid for all” is a $36 Trillion budget for 10 years. Taxpayer will pay.