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U.S. federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

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By Reuters
U.S. federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional
FILE PHOTO: A sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake   -   Copyright  MIKE BLAKE(Reuters)

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidates the entire Obamacare law.

O’Connor’s decision is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler)