Trump celebrates judge's decision tossing core tenets of ObamaCare

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE celebrated Saturday a federal judge in Texas's Friday decision that, if upheld, would declare most of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

In comments to pool reporters shortly after visiting Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, Trump called on Democrats to sit down with him and negotiate a replacement plan that could pass through Congress and replace ObamaCare.


“We’ll sit down with the Democrats, if the Supreme Court upholds, we’ll be sitting down with the Democrats and we will get great health care for our people, that’s a repeal and replace," Trump told reporters, according to pool reports.

"It was a big, big victory by a highly respected judge, highly, highly respected in Texas," Trump added. "And on the assumption that the Supreme Court upholds, we will get great, great health care for our people."

"We’ll have to sit down with the Democrats to do it, but I’m sure they want to do it also," the president said of congressional Democratic leaders.

The president's comments came hours after U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the individual mandate declaring that Americans must purchase health insurance or pay a yearly fine is unconstitutional, adding that the rest of the law was by extension unlawful because it could not be separated from the mandate.

Legal experts do not expect the judge's ruling to stand up following an appeal to the Supreme Court, which Democrats including California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCalifornia Assembly Speaker pens fiery response to Pence Dems prepare next steps after Trump's veto Uber to pay million to settle fight over driver benefits, pay MORE have vowed to appeal to.

Trump previously touted the court ruling Friday night on Twitter, calling on House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump, Saturday Night Live and why autocrats can't take a joke MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Why we need to build gateway now MORE (D-N.Y.) to work with GOP lawmakers to pass a bill that protects pre-existing conditions.

"Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!" Trump tweeted Friday.