Obamacare Loses Again

On Thursday, May 12, Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the House of Representatives in a lawsuit pertaining to Obamacare.

According to Politico, Judge Collyer ruled that “the Obama administration has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program.” In essence, the court held that while Congress had never appropriated funds for certain Obamacare subsidies, the Obama Administration had been expending federal funds for them anyway. “‘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.”

“‘This decision is a critical step in protecting Congress’s power of the purse from an Administration that has repeatedly ignored a fundamental principle of our Republic: the separation of powers,’ said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady.”

The Obama Administration is expected to appeal this trial court decision to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. While the appeal proceeds, the subsidy program will be allowed to continue.

Judge Collyer’s decision is yet another reminder of the Obama Administration’s disregard for the constitutional limits on executive power.