Republican lawmakers were dancing in the streets as a federal court delivered a smackdown to President Obama’s executive overreach.
While it’s a political victory for conservatives, health insurance consumers are in for a rude awakening as their insurance costs skyrocket as companies lose their government subsidies.
From the Daily Mail …
A federal judge on Thursday ruled in favor of congressional Republicans who challenged the Obama administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the president’s signature medical insurance overhaul law.
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, a President George W. Bush appointee, ruled that the administration, in implementing the law known as Obamacare, cannot spend funds that Congress did not appropriate.
The ruling will not have an immediate effect on the 2010 law because the judge stayed the ruling pending appeal.
But without the payments to insurers, costs for consumers could skyrocket, driving millions out of the health insurance market and back into the ranks of the uninsured.
The National Republican Congressional Committee told reporters in a touchdown-dance statement that the ruling shows ‘President Obama has once again overstepped his constitutional authority.’
‘This has been the administration’s pattern over the past 7 and a half years,’ said NRCC spokesman Bob Salera. ‘President Obama’s failed health care law has increased costs and remains deeply unpopular among voters, and no amount of illegal executive action will change that.’
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus called the ruling ‘a victory for the rule of law and another rebuke by the courts to a president who has routinely flouted the Constitution.’
‘Obamacare has proven to be an unpopular, unworkable train wreck that has delivered one broken promise after another, made our weak economy even worse, and disrupted the lives of millions of Americans.’
The lawsuit resolved on Thursday focused on the billions of dollars the administration doles out in ‘cost sharing reduction payments’ to insurance companies.
The subsidy payments are passed through to low-income Obamacare subscribers so they can limit their out-of-pocket costs from deductibles and physician copayments.
Republicans in the House of Representatives argued successfully that Congress never specifically appropriated the money, making it unconstitutional to spend it.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters minutes after the announcement that ‘this is not the first time that we’ve seen opponents of the Affordable Care Act go through the motions to try to win this political fight in the court system.’
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