A federal judge Thursday made a huge ruling in the Republicans’ lawsuit against President Barack Obama, announcing that the Obama administration has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program.
According to Politico, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled that while Congress authorized the program, it never provided money for it. She stated that the money never went through the proper appropriation, and thus the administration was at fault in the process.
“Congress is the only source for such an appropriation, and no public money can be spent without one,” Collyer said.
The ruling is a huge win for House Republicans in their lawsuit against the White House.
The House argued that the Obama administration knew all along that the programs were not being appropriated correctly, yet went ahead with the funding anyway.
Obama originally asked for funding for the programs from Congress back in 2014, but was denied. After the request was turned down, the administration funded the programs through tax credits anyway, completely ignoring Congress and its decision.
White House attorneys are expected to appeal the decision, and the judge did say that the programs can continue pending such an appeal.
The ruling will not end Obamacare, but will potentially affect low income families who have benefited from the subsidies and who have only been able to receive health insurance through Obamacare because of them.
But most of all, the ruling will drastically affect the trust of millions of Americans who had unwisely placed their hope in the federal government to improve a huge industry that it never really understood in the first place when the free market has proven time after time to be self-correcting if simply left alone.
We won’t tell them “I told you so” … but it’s awfully tempting.
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