More Constitutional Violations
by TLB Contributing Author Bill Muckler
The Muckster has found more violations to our Constitution. Who knew? I thought we are supposed to be a country of laws. Yeah, right. Laws to govern “We the People” but laws ignored by the lawmakers. Ironic, the way that works, isn’t it?
In my last article, “Violating Our Constitution”, I wrote about the Democrats lawsuits against President Trump. Now we find old friend, Mister Despicable, has admitted that Obama Health Payments have violated our Constitution. The Senate minority leader obliquely admitted the Obama administration violated federal criminal statutes, and our Constitution, by spending funds without an appropriation.
Mr. Despicable made a stunning admission that the Shady Stream Media (SSM) cowardly ignored. Replying to comments made by Kentucky Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concerning a potential bailout of Obamacare insurers, Senator Chuck Schumer stated:
Democrats are eager to work with Republicans to stabilize the markets and improve [Obamacare]. At the top of the list should be ensuring cost-sharing payments are permanent, which will protect health care for millions.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Democrats screwed up the Affordable Care Act, and now they have the desire and know-how to repair an unfixable nightmare.
Mister Despicable Strikes Out Again
The D-Man’s statement is in direct conflict with the Obama administration, which argued in federal court that the cost-sharing reductions are permanent. This is an absolute admission the Obama administration violated federal criminal statutes and the Constitution by spending funds without an appropriation. A clear no-no that we learned in civics class.
Section 1302 of Obamacare requires health insurers to reduce cost-sharing (i.e., deductibles, co-payments, etc.) for certain low-income enrollees who buy silver plans on health insurance exchanges. The law directs the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a program to reimburse insurers for the cost of providing these cost-sharing discounts. The law does not actually disburse funds to HHS, or any other cabinet department, to make reimbursement payments to insurers.
The Obama administration, never one to be duty-bound to the rule of law began making the payments to insurers by claiming the “text and structure” of Obamacare allowed them to do so. The House of Representatives sued, claiming a violation of its constitutional “power of the purse,”and in May 2016, Judge Rosemary Collyer agreed, ruling that the administration violated the Constitution.