Trump celebrates judge's decision tossing core tenets of ObamaCare

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 BecerraOvernight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Trump administration officially revokes California tailpipe emissions waiver Newsom still seen as work in progress in California MORE have vowed to appeal to.

Trump previously touted the court ruling Friday night on Twitter, calling on House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Progressives push for changes to Pelosi drug pricing plan MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall 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.