On today’s episode of “The Congress Actually Did Something Right,” House Republicans scored a major victory in the battle over Obamacare!
A U.S. District Judge ruled that the Obama Administration cannot subsidize the cost of insurance plans for Obamacare enrollees without the prior approval of Congress.
From Western Journalism:
A major section of Obamacare that allows the federal government to subsidize costs for insurance plan enrollees has been struck down by a federal judge.
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled Thursday that the administration does not, on its own, have the power to spend money on what are termed “cost sharing reduction” payments without an appropriation from Congress. The administration is expected to appeal.
In light of that, the judge allowed Obamacare’s operation to continue unchanged until the appeal process ends.
House Republicans had filed suit, claiming subsidies paid to insurance companies so they, in turn, lower costs for people enrolled under Obamacare, were unconstitutional. House Republicans claimed that because Congress never authorized the expenditure, the executive branch could not spend the money.
In the court case, the administration said a section of law that funds tax credits to help people pay for coverage also was the legal source for paying the subsidies.
However, the judge ruled that cost-sharing reductions require a separate congressional appropriation. Congress has made no such appropriation.
“Such an appropriation cannot be inferred,” Collyer wrote. “None of Secretaries’ extra-textual arguments — whether based on economics, ‘unintended’ results, or legislative history — is persuasive. The Court will enter judgment in favor of the House of Representatives …”
“Authorization and appropriation by Congress are non-negotiable prerequisites to government spending,” she wrote.
Did we just see someone obey the rules laid out in the Constitution? Holy cow… somebody mark this day on the calendar!