Governor Responds to Affordable Care Act Ruling

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The Governor of Arkansas is now responding after a federal judge in Texas ruled the individual coverage mandate within the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Asa Hutchinson tweeted out a message Saturday saying at this time there is no impact on Arkansas works and the coverage will continue. 

Fort Worth Judge Reed O’Connor’s rule throws doubt on the future of insurance coverage for millions of Americans who are on the exchanges.

However, the judge did not move to block the law’s operation. Protections for enrollees with pre-existing conditions are a focal point of the controversy. 

President Trump Friday night celebrated the latest ruling, calling it “great news for America.”

He called on Congress to pass a strong law that protects pre-existing conditions. 

 Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge applauded U.S. District Court Judge O’Connor of Texas for agreeing with Arkansas, as part of a 20-state coalition, that the Affordable Care Act and its individual mandate are unconstitutional. 

“The ruling is a big win for Arkansans, without the individual mandate in place, Obamacare cannot be upheld and is unconstitutional,” Rutledge said.

Now the clock is ticking for Americans to sign up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. 

For residents in 39 states, open enrollment through healthcaredot.gov ends Saturday night at 11:59 p.m.

Just over 4 million people have selected health care plans for 2019 so far, but federal data shows the average number of people signing-up daily is down more than nearly 10 %.
 

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