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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is speaking out against a federal judge's ruling overturning the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The Maine Republican said that she did not regret her support for the tax reform bill that zeroed out the individual mandate penalty and led to the federal court's decision but said that access to affordable health care still needs to be improved.

The Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that the individual mandate was a valid exercise of Congress' taxation powers, with the law imposing a monetary penalty on people who did not obtain insurance. Chief Justice John Roberts made the casting vote to maintain the legislation.

O'Connor's 55-page ruling, now on hold and subject to appeal, was immediately disparaged by critics on the left and on the right and by law professors on both sides of the dispute. He noted that "Congress stated many times unequivocally-through enacted text signed by the president-that the individual mandate is "essential" to the ACA", and its removal rendered the entire law outside the authority of the constitution.

Outraged Democrats vowed to appeal a federal judge's ruling that could undo the USA health care law known as Obamacare, saying on Saturday that they will use their new power in Congress to hold Republicans responsible and "expose their lies".

The somewhat creative interpretation of a case that the federal government declined to defend due to its political ideology will not affect the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for the moment, nor will it alter the Marketplace open enrollment periods still in effect in many states.

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What does the federal court ruling mean?

The American Medical Association called the ruling "an unfortunate step backward for our health system" and warned the decision could "destabilize health insurance coverage". If O'Connor's decision is upheld - Obamacare's protections will stay in place while an anticipated appeal is pending - about 17 million Americans could lose their insurance.

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President Donald Trump termed the ruling "a big big victory by a highly respected judge" and an alternative path to the long-time Republican goal of repeal-and-replace.

Stacy Pogue, a health care policy analyst with the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, anxious that Henneke was advocating a return to high-risk pools that offered separate coverage to the sickest patients who weren't covered by their employers.

United States healthcare stocks are struggling after a recent court ruling that puts Obamacare in jeopardy.

"It has to be appealed for sure, but in the meantime the Republicans will once again face the question do you believe we should have health insurance accessible, affordable, and cover those with pre-existing conditions", Durbin said, pointing to what was cast as voters' top issue in November's midterm elections.

"No one wants to go back to the days of 20 percent of the population uninsured and fewer patient protections, but this decision will move us in that direction", AMA president Barbara L. McAneny said in a statement. Open enrollment for 2019 individual coverage also is unaffected, and BCBS companies will continue to help consumers find the coverage they need at the best possible price.

"The Affordable Care Act has also been up and running since 2014, which means so-called reliance interests come into play when considering a precedent".

Angry Democrats blamed Republicans for what they see as a debacle that could leave millions of Americans without health care.

"The judge's ruling was far too sweeping". The law's opponents lost the first two cases. "The ACA is still the law of the land". Our guess is that even the right-leaning Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judges will overturn Judge O'Connor on this point.

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