Federal judge rules Obamacare subsidy funding is unconstitutional
Earlier today, according to this story, a federal judge ruled that the Obamacare subsidy funding is unconstitutional because the Congress did not fund it and as we all know all funding must originate in the House of Representatives. Here is more:
A federal judge on Thursday ruled the Obama administration has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program, a huge win for the House of Representatives’ lawsuit against the White House.
Congress authorized the program but never actually provided the money for it, wrote U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer. The program will be allowed to continue, pending appeal.
“Congress is the only source for such an appropriation, and no public money can be spent without one,” wrote Collyer, a George W. Bush appointee.
The program, as you read above, will continue pending appeal. While this is being lauded by conservatives as a major victory against Obamacare which could be the nail in the healthcare reform law I would not get my hopes up if I were you. While I agree with the decision based on Constitutional reasoning nothing is going to change.
Even if this goes all the way to the Supreme Court and the ruling is not overturned do you really believe the Republicans in the Congress are going to cut off the spending when they are facing this during an election year:
The ruling, if it stands, could be a significant financial setback for the millions of low-income Americans who benefit from the cost-sharing subsidies, which help people pay for out-of-pocket costs like co-pays at the doctor’s office.
It is simply not going to happen because it would hand the Democrats the Congress and Republican care more about holding onto their power than anything else, Obamacare is here to stay whether you like it or not. The Republicans put on a good show but that is all it is, I have said it time and time again–this is the Hegelian Dialectic at work. And if you think Donald Trump is going to be any different you have probably forgotten that the billionaire businessman said earlier this year, while toeing the Democratic talking point of people dying on the streets, that he likes the Obamacare mandate…
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium