Court rules against illegal Obamacare subsidies

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Finding out what’s not in it: A federal court ruled today that the Obama administration had no legal right to issue subsidies to insurers that have not been appropriated by Congress.

The court was quite blunt about the White House’s illegal activities here:

Paying out Section 1402 reimbursements without an appropriation thus violates the Constitution. Congress authorized reduced cost sharing but did not appropriate monies for it, in the FY 2014 budget or since. Congress is the only source for such an appropriation, and no public money can be spent without one. See U.S. Constitution, Art. I, § 9, cl. 7 (“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law . . . .”). The Secretaries’ textual and contextual arguments fail.

Not surprisingly, the Obama administration rejects the court’s decision.



  • Wayne

    This also illustrates how important it is to have Constitution-friendly Federal Judges (and Presidents who know how& WHY, to appoint them.). There are about 1,000 Federal Judges & on-average a President appoints about 300-400 in a term. (and the turn-over rate has been dropping recently as Obama loads up on younger & more Radical Judges. He’s had two terms to ‘fundamentally-transform’ the Federal bench, and SCOTUS is hanging in the balance.)

    “Not surprisingly, the Obama administration rejects the court’s decision.”

    –Therein presents a huge problem; the Court can’t directly enforce laws/decisions, that’s the responsibility of the Executive & Legislative Branches. The Republican Congress has already given up their ‘power of the purse,’ so everything will stay status-quo for the time being. (Just the way the RINO’s love it.)

  • Edward

    Of course Obama rejects the court’s decision. He believes the Constitution to be a document of negative rights, and this ruling reinforces this belief. From his point of view, it prevents him from being a dictatorial king (it requires that he deal with Congress, limits his terms in office, and even requires he run for office), getting everything he wants.

    From our point of view, it prevents him from being a dictatorial king, taking everything from us.

  • D K Rögnvald Williams

    Injustice Roberts will see to it that this ruling is overturned.

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