Trump Celebrates After Judge Rules Healthcare Can Be Taken From Millions

In a sweeping ruling issued by U.S. District Court judge Reed O’Connor of Texas, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was struck down as unconstitutional Friday evening, and President Donald Trump thought it would be a good idea to go on Twitter and celebrate the ruling, which could strip healthcare away from tens of millions of Americans.

The opinion, which will likely be appealed, states that since the individual mandate which requires every American have insurance has been repealed by Congress, the entire Obamacare law must be deemed invalid:

“The court finds the individual mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress’s tax power and is still impermissible under the interstate commerce clause ― meaning the individual mandate is unconstitutional…. [T]he court finds the individual mandate is essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA.”

Also at danger as a result of Judge O’Connors ruling: The mandate that all insurance policies be issued to those with preexisting medical conditions without any additional charge.

Yet despite the fact that the ruling endangers healthcare for millions, Trump sounded giddy in two tweets he fired off Friday evening:

Great news? People may be about to lose their health insurance and be discriminated against for having diabetes or high blood pressure, and that’s a reason to celebrate? As usual, this president only thinks about himself; the rest of us are expendable.

Trump got significant resistance from others on social media for his Twitter victory dance:

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