Jenkins Responds to Fort Worth Judge's Ruling on Affordable Care Act - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Jenkins Responds to Fort Worth Judge's Ruling on Affordable Care Act

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Jenkins Respond to Fort Worth Judge's Ruling on ACA

    With just hours until the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, a legal battle is looming after a North Texas judge ruled it unconstitutional. (Published Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018)

    With just hours until the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, a legal battle is looming after a North Texas judge ruled it unconstitutional.

    Judge Reed O'Connor, a federal judge in Fort Worth, struck down the entire law over its mandate requiring people to buy health insurance.

    Despite the decision, it was business as usual Saturday at the Community Council of Greater Dallas.

    In the past few days, workers said they'd helped dozens of people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

    Avalanche Buries Unknown Number of People in NM

    [NATL] Avalanche Buries Unknown Number of People in NM

    Ski Patrol and first responders are working to rescue an unknown number of skiers buried in an avalanche at Taos Ski Resort in New Mexico

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019)

    Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the ACA covers about 315,000 people in North Texas. More than 12 million are enrolled nationwide.

    "It [the ruling] affects the millions and millions of people with preexisting conditions health care coverage," Jenkins said.

    The decision declaring the ACA unconstitutional came three months after a hearing at a Fort Worth Federal Courthouse where Texas and 19 Republican-led states argued to end the ACA.

    Their claim: That the ACA still required Americans to buy health insurance, but Congress last year dropped the penalty if people don't buy it.

    "So our argument is without it generating revenue for the federal government, then that provision is unconstitutional and the entirety of the Affordable Care Act fails," said Robert Henneke, an attorney representing Texas, in September.

    The judge agreed writing "the individual mandate is unconstitutional" and the rest of the law cannot stand without it.

    Iowa Man Gets "Jackpot Treatment" for $1 Lotto Ticket Win

    [NATL] Iowa Man Gets "Jackpot Treatment" for $1 Lotto Ticket Win

    An Iowa man got the "Jackpot treatment" after winning $1 off a scratch-off lotto ticket. Tyler Heep decided to cash in the winning ticket at the Iowa Lottery Headquarters and was presented with a big check for his win. Heep spent his winnings on a gallon of gas.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019)

    Jenkins said he believed the ruling would not stand.

    "The judge that ruled that is actually a friend of mine and I, respectfully, I just think he's dead wrong here," he said.

    For now, the ruling doesn't impact health care coverage.

    Jenkins is imploring people to still sign up and continue to pay premiums.

    He's also urging lawmakers to go back to the drawing board.

    "Republicans in Washington, fix this problem. Work the Democrats in Congress fix this problem that you created," Jenkins said.

    ICE Detains Marine Veteran

    [NATL] ICE Detains Marine Veteran, Says No Investigation

    Family members are furious that a U.S. citizen and military veteran ended up in an immigration detention center facing the threat of deportation. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was born and raised in Grand Rapids. His mother says he served a tour in Afghanistan while in the U.S. Marine Corps.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019)

    ACA advocates have already promised an appeal to the ruling in a case likely to end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Midnight is the deadline to apply for insurance under the ACA.

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement applauding the decision.

    President Trump tweeted the ruling is "Great news for America."

    Get the latest from NBC DFW anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android