That has vast implications. Following the ruling Friday night, the American Medical Association and Georgia patient advocates raised the alarm.
The provisions struck down by the ruling include protections for insurance customers with pre-existing conditions; mandatory insuring of benefits like drug costs; and insurance for kids up to 26 years old on their parents’ policies.
If all that goes away now as a result of the suit, Carr said Congress can take care of that.
“Now, Congress has an opportunity to do things the right way and pass a healthcare law that Georgians and our nation truly deserve – one that increases choice, lowers costs and protects those with pre-existing conditions,” he added.
Up to now Congress has been unable to agree on a replacement for the law.
The ruling is at the lowest level of the federal courts, and is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and then to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It will not go into effect immediately.
Legally, its argument isn’t actually applicable until Jan. 1 when the individual mandate tax penalty becomes $0. After that, major changes like this one sometimes are postponed by courts until all their appeals are finished and the final decision is made.