After a federal judge in Texas ruled Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA)–the nation’s health law that was passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress and President Barack Obama nearly a decade ago–uncertainty quickly set in. Would this ruling mean that millions of Americans who depend on Obamacare for lower drug prices, smaller co-pays, and so much more, including care for people with preexisting conditions, suddenly find themselves shut out of receiving adequate treatment and services?
Former President Obama quickly offered his opinion to reassure worried Americans, saying he believed the health law that is nicknamed after him was “likely” to survive on appeal.
But likely wasn’t good enough for many Americans to feel more secure about their healthcare.
Meanwhile, President Trump called the judge’s ruling “great news for America”; Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill have long tried to repeal Obamacare, as recently as last year, when they fell short of the votes needed to repeal after Democrats with the aide of several key Republicans blocked the repeal effort.
Right now, there are different opinions concerning what’s in store for Obamacare’s future. Its ecpcted the fight over Obamacare could end up in front of the Supreme Court.
But the deadline to enroll for 2019 was not affected by Judge Reed O’Connor’s (a judicial appointee of former Republican President George W. Bush) decision: The healthcare.gov site carried a message Saturday night that reassured signees that enrollment would continue up until this year’s deadline.