Just when you thought all the fuss about Obama Care was over. Wednesday’s ruling by Federal Court Judge Rosemary Collyer put the Obama Care fight back on the table and thrusting it into the political spotlight after years of battle.
At the core of the judges decision is funding for the monstrous trillion-dollar healthcare program which was allocated by executive order instead of the regular appropriations process.
“The House of Representatives as an institution would suffer a concrete, particularized injury if the Executive were able to draw funds from the Treasury without a valid appropriation,” Judge Collyer said in her 43-page decision.
Because congress was passed over in the appropriations they did not have the opportunity to excercise their constitutional duties. Now according to the Judge they can sue for the right to fund (or defund) the program, a lawsuit that will likely land Obama Care on the steps of the supreme court once again.
“The president’s unilateral change to Obamacare was unprecedented and outside the powers granted to his office under our Constitution,” Mr. Boehner said in a statement after the ruling. “I am grateful to the court for ruling that this historic overreach can be challenged by the coequal branch of government with the sole power to create or change the law.”
What does the Republican lawsuit mean for consumers. Not much considering Republicans are not likely to strip millions of American’s of health coverage during an elections cycle. However if congressional republicans are success in the suit against the executive branch you may see some changes to the health insurance market place.
If you are hoping that the Collyer’s decision will be the beginning of the end of Obama Care keep hoping. Reams of paper have already been used to write the regulations guiding the implementation of the wide-reaching health care law. Consumers may see some tweaks but don’t expect the program to completely roll back. But don’t expect that to stop the candidates from talking about it as Obama Care will become a hot campaign issue once again thanks to the ruling.
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