President Trump celebrated the ruling by a Bush-appointed federal judge that struck down the Affordable Care Act -- or ObamaCare -- "in whole."

Federal Judge Reed Charles O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas struck down the law, in the course of a lawsuit brought by 19 states that involved the Constitutionality of the individual mandate.

The individual mandate is the mechanism by which ObamaCare enforces enrollment.

O'Connor ruled that ObamaCare is "non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole."

Trump tweeted minutes after the ruling was reported, saying that "not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!"


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He followed that missive with another celebratory tweet, demanding that House Speaker-Designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) immediately work on replacement legislation that will protect pre-existing conditions and provide great health care.

However, until any appeals process is finished, the act will remain the law of the land, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

“Obamacare has been struck down by a highly respected judge," Sanders later said in a statement. "The judge’s decision vindicates President Trump’s position that Obamacare is unconstitutional. Once again, the President calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with preexisting conditions and provide Americans with quality affordable healthcare. We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place.”

FoxNews.com reported on reaction from top Republicans and Democrats:

California and other states ruled against by the judge will likely challenge the decision by appealing in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

“Today’s ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the A.C.A.’s consumer protections for health care, on America’s faithful progress toward affordable health care for all Americans,” Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, said in a statement, according to The New York Times. “The A.C.A. has already survived more than 70 unsuccessful repeal attempts and withstood scrutiny in the Supreme Court.”

“Obamacare has been struck down by a highly respected judge," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

"The judge’s decision vindicates President Trump’s position that Obamacare is unconstitutional," Sanders continued. "Once again, the President calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with preexisting conditions and provide Americans with quality affordable healthcare. We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place.”

Democratic leaders, meanwhile, reacted harshly to the decision.

"The ruling seems to be based on faulty legal reasoning and hopefully it will be overturned," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted. "Americans who care about working families must do all they can to prevent this district court ruling from becoming law."

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