"While Republicans continue their efforts to take away health care from millions of Americans, Democrats are continuing to stand up for the law".
At stake in the panel's decision is insurance coverage for millions of Americans who gained it under the law through expansions of Medicaid in three dozen states and a new insurance marketplace, as well as consumer protections for most people with private health plans.
After Trump signed a tax bill passed by a Republican-led Congress that reduced the tax penalty to zero dollars, a coalition of Republican-led states headed by Texas sued, alleging the tax penalty's elimination rendered Obamacare unconstitutional.
On Friday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra - who is leading a coalition of 20 blue states in defending the ACA - argued that the removal of the individual mandate did not invalidate the law. A large group of ACA arrangements would be wiped out, including: assurances for individuals with prior conditions, endowments to make singular medical coverage progressively moderate, extended qualification for Medicaid, inclusion of youthful grown-ups up to age 26 under their folks' protection approaches, inclusion of preventive consideration with no patient cost-sharing, shutting of the donut gap under Medicare's medication advantage, and a progression of expense increments to support the new advantages.
"It seems like the language used is pretty heavy when it comes to those provisions being interlocking or intertwining", he said. She and the other GOP appointee, Judge Kurt Engelhardt, named by President Trump past year, repeatedly noted that the law was written without an explicit feature guaranteeing that if one part were ever removed by Congress or the courts, the rest would remain in place. "There's a political solution and you're asking this court to roll up its sleeves and get involved in it".
He went on to ask: "Why does Congress want the judiciary to be a taxidermist for every big-game legislative accomplishment it achieves?" "Congress can fix this".
O'Connor, nominated by former Republican President George W Bush, said that because Obamacare called the mandate "essential", the entire law must be struck down.
"How do we know that some members of Congress didn't say, 'Aha!" The measure eliminated the penalty on Americans who failed to maintain health insurance. "That is the beginning and the end of the severability argument".
The Justice Department initially argued the mandate was unconstitutional but most of Obamacare could be severed from it.
"The courts then said this was a reasonable way to let the judicial branch have the final say", Flentje said. United States, has the potential to shake the nation's entire health care system to its core.
Robert Henneke, the Texas Public Policy Foundation general counsel and the lead counsel for the individual plaintiffs, told reporters after the hearing it was a "good day". He said the legal remedy for those states would involve only the parts of the law that have harmed them.
Democrats criticized administration officials, using arguments that may be made on the campaign trail.
"If they are successful in striking down the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will own all of the consequences", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on a call Monday with reporters.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn accused Democrats of "perpetuating this lie that we're not for covering preexisting conditions" and said Republicans should counter those assertions. US is likely headed to the US Supreme Court, where the conservative majority will decide the outcome, next year - while candidates up and down the ticket are vying for election.