US District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer dealt the Obamacare administration a blow when she sided with House Republicans that the administration was unlawfully paying Obamacare insurers without permission from Congress.
“None of the secretaries’ extra-textual arguments — whether based on economics, ‘unintended’ results, or legislative history — is persuasive,” wrote Judge Collyner, a George W. Bush appointee, in her comments against secretaries for the Treasury and Health and Human Services departments who claimed they had done nothing wrong.
The Washington Times reports:
A federal judge dealt President Obama and his health care law a major blow Thursday, ruling in favor of House Republicans who said the administration was unlawfully paying insurers without permission from Congress.
The order by U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer, presiding in Washington, says the administration should stop doling out the Affordable Care Act’s “cost-sharing” payments to insurers until Capitol Hill appropriates the money.
However, she stayed that order pending a likely appeal by the administration.
Why stay the order when there is no actual appeal? Why not enforce the ruling and stop the payments? In fact, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the administration has not yet decided whether to appeal.
According to congressmen, spending for the program was never authorized by Congress. Additionally, Congress is supposed to be those who control the purse, and this usurpation of authority and unlawful distribution of monies are projected to cost $175 billion over 10 years.
Of course, we have a Republican led Congress to thank for funding the implementation of Obamacare and continuing to spend money unconstitutionally. Thank you John Boehner and Paul Ryan.
Of course, instead of the White House acknowledging their crimes, they sought to justify them and point to Republicans.
“It’s unfortunate that Republicans have resorted to a taxpayer-funded lawsuit to refight a political fight that they keep losing,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “They’ve been losing this fight for six years. And they’ll lose it again.”
Furthermore, according to the LA Times, “In their defense, administration lawyers said the suit should be dismissed because the House had no legal standing to sue. And they argued the reimbursements were authorized by law.”
I agree, they shouldn’t be suing. They should be using the Constitutional remedy of impeaching every Supreme Court justice that ruled Obamacare constitutional and impeaching Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah, along with removal of any and each of these secretaries pushing the Obamacare agenda. However, it doesn’t seem Congress even knows what the Constitution says, so I’m not expecting them to act accordingly.