- Associated Press - Saturday, December 15, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo says a federal judge’s ruling “threatens the health care of thousands” of Rhode Island residents.

The Democrat on Saturday pledged to “take all steps necessary” to protect the Affordable Care Act, which a Texas federal judge ruled unconstitutional

In a written statement, Raimondo says the court decision “is dangerous, destructive and threatens the health care coverage of thousands of Rhode islanders.” She says those with preexisting condition and who rely on the law’s consumer protections are particularly at risk.

While the judge’s decision is sweeping, the ACA will remain in place until the legal battle continues.

Raimondo says Rhode Island’s exchange, HealthSource RI, remains open for business. Open enrollment ends Dec. 31.

Individuals and families have until Dec. 23 to enroll for uninterrupted coverage beginning Jan. 1.

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