Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE on Friday night touted a ruling from a federal judge in Texas striking down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional, saying congressional leaders should now focus on crafting a new health-care law.

“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," Trump tweeted.

"Mitch and Nancy, get it done!” Trump added, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left MORE (R-Ky.) and expected incoming House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiHistory teaches that Nancy Pelosi is right about impeachment The politics and practicalities of impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE (D-Calif.).

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, ruled Friday that ObamaCare's individual mandate is unconstitutional and that because the mandate cannot be separated from the rest of the law, the rest of the law is also invalid.

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The ruling, which came just one day before the deadline to sign up for coverage for next year, is almost certainly going to be appealed. 

The reasoning of the ruling states that in 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the mandate to have coverage because of Congress's power to tax. However, Congress removed the fine for failing to comply with the mandate last year, which, the judge argues, means the mandate is no longer a tax and therefore is unconstitutional.

The court case against ObamaCare was brought by 20 GOP-led states and featured prominently in Democrats’ campaigning in the midterm elections as they sought to cast Republicans as trying to take away voters’ health care.

The Trump administration argued that the pre-existing condition protections should be overturned despite the president’s promise that such coverage would not be impacted. 

Trump has had his sights set on repealing the Affordable Care Act since he began campaigning for the White House in 2015, slamming it as a “disaster.” However, efforts to repeal the law last year crumbled due to a lack of GOP support in the Senate.