A U.S. federal judge in Texas has ruled Obamacare is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth, Texas agreed on Dec. 14 with a coalition of 20 states that a 2017 change in tax law to eliminate a penalty for not having health insurance invalidates the entire the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

President Trump quickly praised the ruling in a pair of tweets and challenged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and likely incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to get a new healthcare law passed in Congress.

“As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!

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Specifically, the court ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional, and since the mandate can’t be separated from the rest the Affordable Care Act, O’Connor ruled the entire act invalid.

Except for some exemptions, the individual mandate requires individuals to be insured or face fines at the end of the year.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act was a central part of Trump’s campaign platform in his bid for the White House in 2015. He touted the ruling in another tweet as great news for the country.

“Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!” he posted.

O’Connor’s decision is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Published with permission from The Epoch Times

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