Friday night's federal court ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, is unconstitutional because of its individual mandate provision will not affect health-care coverage in the short term and is unlikely to survive appeal, legal experts across the political spectrum argued Saturday. Crucially, the decision claims the individual mandate is "essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA," but 2017's GOP tax reform law nixed the mandate's penalty. Former President Barack Obama posted on social media Saturday to forecast a lengthy legal battle and encourage ACA users to maintain coverage in the meantime.

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