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Federal Judge Rules That Affordable Care Act Is Invalid

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Federal Judge Rules That Affordable Care Act Is Invalid
The ruling comes on the eve of the deadline for registering for 2019 Obamacare coverage.
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A federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act was invalid on Friday, the eve of the deadline to sign up for coverage next year.

In his ruling, the judge described the ACA's requirement that every individual purchase healthcare – or be forced to pay a penalty – as unconstitutional. He argued that because the individual mandate is an "essential" part of the ACA, the rest of the law is invalid -- including the expansion of Medicaid and coverage for pre-existing conditions. 

Several supporters of the law, such as the Attorney General of California, immediately said that they would appeal the ruling. Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi has also said she would move to get the House formally involved.

The White House released a statement stating that the law would remain in place "pending the appeal process."

If the case goes to the Supreme Court, it would be the ACA's third time being scrutinized by the justices.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.