A U.S. federal judge has ruled that the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas ruled Friday that a change in the U.S. tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidates the entire ACA.
Last year’s $1.5 trillion tax bill included a provision eliminating the individual mandate. The decision is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The ACA will remain the law during the appeal process.