Former President Barack Obama on Saturday attempted to comfort those who might be frightened that they would lose their health insurance after a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was unconstitutional.
Joined by many other high-profile Democrats, Obama was quick to respond to the decision that the law was made unconstitutional when Republicans removed the individual mandate from the law — a law that occurred earlier this year.
As the 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,» Obama said in a statement. «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!»
Midnight Saturday is the deadline to sign up for 2019 plans via HealthCare.org.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ultimately sided with a group of Republican-leaning states who had chosen to challenge the law, though his decision does not mean that Obamacare is scrapped immediately.
Obama clarified that the decision did not immediately strike down the law and that there was a long legal battle ahead.
But all of this should also be a reminder that Republicans will never stop trying to undo all that,» Obama said in a statement of the law’s benefits. «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.»
Many other Democratic leaders also sounded off on the decision, stating that once again a law that had provided health care to millions had been put into jeopardy by Republicans.
The GOP spent all last year pretending to support people with pre-existing conditions while quietly trying to remove that support in the courts.
Next year, we will force votes to expose their lies. They will no longer be able to get away with lying to the American people.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) 15 декабря 2018 г.
Remember when @realDonaldTrump & #GOP said they wanted to protect preexisting health conditions coverage? They were lying. See below. The GOP assault on Obamacare, which protects preexisting conditions coverage for all health plans, continues. One reason @POTUS loses in 2020. https://t.co/6tanFWEFxL
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) 15 декабря 2018 г.
Millions of Americans are living in this fear today because of the relentless Republican assaults.
Make no mistake — we can lay this absurd case and its absurd ruling at the feet of the GOP. We have to be just as relentless in our fight to #ProtectOurCare. Join us.
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) 15 декабря 2018 г.
But reactions weren’t only coming from Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Attorney generals from some of the country’s largest states voiced support of the law and shared their disdain for the decision.