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Physicians, Patients Leading the Battle for Obamacare

Texas judge ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional last Friday

Leading proponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, said they would not stop fighting after a Texas judge ruled the ACA unconstitutional late last week.

The American Medical Association leads a contingent of medical organizations and their representatives looking to fight against the ruling and keep the law of the land in place. The alliance-including the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-has already filed a brief in support of the law.

"Today's decision is an unfortunate step backward for our health system that is contrary to overwhelming public sentiment to preserve pre-existing condition protections and other policies that have extended health insurance coverage to millions of Americans," Barbara L. McAneny, MD, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), said in a statement.

Last week's ruling stated that the Individual Mandate contained within the ACA is impermissible under the Interstate Commerce Clause, and as such renders the Mandate unconstitutional. Without the Mandate, the rest of the ACA loses a considerable deal of luster.

The ACA itself was not overturned, but when the Individual Mandate expires on January 1, it's anyone's guess what will happen next. It also remains to be seen whether the ruling is upheld on appeal.

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