Since the Affordable Care Act has been deemed sacrosanct by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration feels as though they have a free hand when it comes to funding it. They believe it’s unnecessary to follow the constitutional process of having Congress appropriating funds.
It’s absolutely pathetic that Congress has to sue the executive branch when it comes to the power of the purse. It’s even worse when they have to go hat in hand to a federal judiciary that has an even less regard for the Constitution than the Obama Administration. But every once in a while there is sanity in a lawless Washington D.C.
“This suit remains a plain dispute over a constitutional command, of which the Judiciary has long been the ultimate interpreter,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, who said that House Republicans have legal standing to sue.
The Constitution, Collyer wrote, “could not be more clear: ‘No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of Appropriations made by Law.’ Neither the president nor his officers can authorize appropriations; the assent of the House of Representatives is required before any public monies are spent.”
Republicans had argued the Obama administration violated the Constitution by spending money on Obamacare without Congressional approval. House Democrats had called the Republicans’ suit “a political stunt.” The suit focuses on the $175 billion Obama wants to spend as part of a cost-sharing program with health insurance companies.
If this suit makes it to the Supreme Court, you know damn well Chief Justice Roberts will rewrite the law to accommodate this constitutional abomination.