Former President Barack Obama launched into a temper tantrum over the weekend after a federal judge ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional.
On Friday, a federal judge in Texas struck down Obama’s signature legislative achievement and ruled against his healthcare law.
The former president was not pleased about it and published a lengthy post on his Facebook page to vent his frustrations.
There are two things you need to know today about health care.
First, today’s the last day of open enrollment. That means it’s the deadline to make sure you and the people you love have health insurance in 2019. So head over to HealthCare.gov to get covered!
Second, you 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. As this decision makes its way through the courts, which will take months, if not years, the law remains in place and will likely stay that way. Open enrollment is proceeding as planned today. And a good way to show that you’re tired of people trying to take away your health care is to go get covered!
A lot of good people are fighting to ensure that nothing about your care will change. The ACA protects your pre-existing conditions, no matter how you get your insurance. Young people can stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26. Preventive care like checkups, mammograms, and contraceptive care are still covered. Mental health care is still covered. Women can’t be charged more just for being a woman. All of that is guaranteed by the ACA as long as it’s the law.
But all of this should also be a reminder that Republicans will never stop trying to undo all that. If they can’t get it done in Congress, they’ll keep trying in the courts, even when it puts people’s pre-existing conditions coverage at risk. The only way to convince them to stop trying to repeal this law, and start working to make health care better, is to keep voting, in big numbers, in every election, for people who’ll protect and improve our care.
Aside from essentially accusing Republicans of not caring about people and wanting to strip millions of their healthcare, Obama was also likely wrong about the fight taking years to get to the Supreme Court.
In 2010, the Supreme Court narrowly ruled 5-4 that Obamacare was constitutional, which paved the way for it to become the law of the land.
However, the nation’s highest court has a much different ideological bent now, especially given that President Donald Trump has successfully nominated two conservatives to the bench: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
If the case reaches the Supreme Court, which is possible, it could be struck down as unconstitutional.
Assuming that happens, Congress would then have to replace the healthcare law and pass it in both chambers.