Georgia Republicans Applaud Health Care Ruling

On Thursday, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the Obama administration exceeded its authority by subsidizing health insurers who participate in the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Former Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans filed the lawsuit claiming that the reimbursements were unconstitutional because the money for the reimbursements had not been appropriated by Congress. The judge’s decision was put on hold due to a likely appeal by the executive branch.

The ruling is significant for several reasons. First, if it stands, the decision will clarify the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches, and specifically the power of the purse. It also represents one of the few successes Republicans have had in limiting the health care law.

After the GOP took over the House in 2010, there were numerous efforts to limit or repeal the law, from failed repeal measures to a government shutdown over spending that ultimately proved futile. Meanwhile the GOP base grew angrier and angrier that its representatives were unable to stop the measure’s implementation. Much of that frustration led to the rise of Donald Trump. But, as Carl Hulse describes in the New York Times, the lawsuit is a bittersweet victory for Boehner:

Despite his efforts, Mr. Boehner was ultimately forced out of the speakership last year by a group of hard-right conservatives who viewed him as not aggressive enough in calling the administration to account. But their tactics failed, while his have produced some actual results, however the case ultimately turns out at the appeals court level.

Reactions from the Georgia delegation are below the fold.

Senator David Perdue:

This ruling is a resounding victory for our Constitution. The Founding Fathers purposefully created three separate branches of government with three clear roles, and for too long, we have seen President Obama overstep his authority and insert Washington into every aspect of our lives. President Obama’s time in office is coming to an end and rulings like this signal that many of President Obama’s overreaching policies could soon be coming to an end too.

3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland:

Today’s ruling is a huge win for the American taxpayers. The Obama Administration has constantly overstepped its bounds and disrespected the separation of powers as laid out in the Constitution. This ruling reinforces that the House has the power of the purse and shows what we’ve known all along: that ObamaCare is deeply flawed and wasteful of American’s tax dollars.

6th District Congressman Tom Price:

The ruling proves a momentous victory for the rule of law and against the Obama Administration’s overreach of Constitutional authority. This historic decision defies the Obama’s Administration’s ask that the courts disregard the letter of the law and reasserts Congress’s power of the purse as defined by our nation’s founders in Article One of the Constitution.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen insurers announce that they will exit the exchange markets in 2017, further deteriorating patients’ access and choice to health care plans that they want. This is yet again proof that Obamacare is on an unsustainable path, and House Republicans must remain committed to repealing and replacing this law. As a member of the Health Care Task Force, I’m honored to be working with my colleagues to advance positive, patient-centered solutions to the challenges in our health care system.

7th District Congressman Rob Woodall:

The issue at the center of this lawsuit is one that has unfortunately become very common with regard to the Obama Administration – and that is executive overreach. The court’s ruling is yet another rejection of these unconstitutional actions, and it is a win for American taxpayers and the Constitution.

9th District Coongressman Doug Collins:

Circumventing Congressional approval in order to secure funding for a costly and burdensome healthcare law is unconstitutional, and we can see Obamacare, which has been a mess from the beginning, coming apart at the seams. Today’s ruling by the DC federal court shows that the President does not have the Congressional pocketbook at his disposal, and is a victory for the separation of powers. The Constitution is very clear on who has the power of the purse. This decision reaffirms that the President does not unilaterally have the power to spend taxpayer money on his ill-conceived signature piece of legislation.

14th district Congressman Tom Graves:

This is a major win for the Constitution, which explicitly grants Congress ‘power of the purse.’ The court decision makes clear that the Executive Branch can’t fund programs if Congress hasn’t given the administration the necessary resources. In this case, if the ruling stands, the administration’s unconstitutional funding of Obamacare subsidies will end, and Republicans will have an opportunity to advance affordable free-market solutions that strengthen the patient doctor relationship, while providing a variety of choices to meet the uniqueness of every family. This is a good day for Americans who want constitutional governance and health care freedom.

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Charlie
Charlie

This headline is all about Jen Yarber leaving, isn’t it?

bethebalance
bethebalance

this is a victory for unfunded mandates everywhere

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Meanwhile the GOOP base grew angrier and angrier that its representatives were unable to stop the measure’s implementation.

I wasn’t aware Gwenyth Paltrow was so against Obamacare. Maybe it’s because the law doesn’t cover $4,000 juice cleanses.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

In related news, House GOP leaders are 5+ years deep into their remote control duties and still looking for the dang “Replace” button on the “Repeal and Replace” menu…

Oh wait, the Helath Care Task Force. Whose announcement in February (again, 5 years after control) was so bereft of anything resembling a tangible idea it basically should’ve just said ‘MAKE HEALTHCARE GREAT AGAIN’

http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/task-force-health-care-reform-mission-statement

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

“This decision reaffirms that the President does not unilaterally have the power to spend taxpayer money on his ill-conceived signature piece of legislation.”

Pure genius. Simultaneously scolding the president for usurping the powers of the legislative branch while assigning to him the responsibility for passing the legislation in the first place.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Amazing it takes a lawsuit to stop Democrats from funding private corporations with unauthorized tax dollars.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Y’all keep nicking Obamacare and the Dems will win this election by 25 points.
Kids covered until 26- gone?
Pre-existing conditions covered- gone?
Subsidies- gone?
No minimum standards- gone?

It will be interesting to see studies of how much insurance would cost compared to what you get with nothing to replace Obamacare.

Maybe Donald will come up with something.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Yes Benevolus. Scary thought. Is everyone willing to give up some of the basic protections?
Costs? Many insurance premiums were tripled after the ACA kicked in. Some only doubled, with the option to take lesser coverage and higher deductibles, as always. I doubt they would ‘roll back prices’ now that health insurance companies have those higher premiums.

(posted by the artist formerly known as NoTeabagging. Display name changed by moderator request.)

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Show me a person whose premiums doubled and I will show you someone that had crap insurance that didnt cover anything…just another lie.
Mine have gone up 30.00 since the start and I am a walking insurance nightmare. You, however, are something much worse

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

It happened to me and another family member. We had good plans , from a major company. My plan was cancelled after the first year of ACA. Remember the “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance line.”? Ooops. The grandfathered plan did not meet full ACA standards, their offer, double the month;y premium to get comparable benefits and deductibles. Another family member had 139/mo. , $10,000 deductible with six office visits (at $40 co-pay), $20 pharmacy co-pay and basic preventative coverage. The ACA forced the insurance company to expire this plan December 2014. His new premium for… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

We could do many logical fixes to lower healthcare cost, but the special interest will push back. For instance: 1) Use VA drug pricing for government workers, Medicare, Medicaid and portals,about 60 percent less….but Big Pharma would go nuts! 2) Allow real competition by lifting restrictions on buying medicine from foreign countries….. Once again Big Pharma would not be happy! 3) Cut out covering and or raise co pays on Medicare tele-commercial product seen every night that is elective not core. The companies selling it not happy…. 4) Living wills, the majority people do not even want many of the… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Yes but we’ve been all through this before. The insurance companies had to offer these additional minimum coverages to a likely higher risk pool. We all knew it would be higher at first and it was supposed to stabilize as time went on as more (healthy) people joined and the insurance companies understood their risk better. But the Marco Rubio’s of the world keep trying to make the plan fail instead of making it better, so guess who gets screwed?
Every other 1st world country already does this with better delivery and lower costs, but we cannot?

John Konop
John Konop

B, Both parties have sold out to the lobbyist. Until we have honest debate, without the lobbyist cash influences with healthcare policy, we cannot fix the problem. ……….House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices A group of House Democrats is organizing an effort that could slow down an Obama administration plan to reduce drug prices, according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post. The Department of Health and Human Services is working toward finalizing a new rule that would experiment with ending the financial incentive doctors have for prescribing some extremely expensive medications. The rule… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’m not going to disagree with you about lobbyist influence in general, but this story doesn’t support the contention that both sides are complicit. In fact, it appears that the Dems in this case are trying to derail a Repub attempt to kill the Obama plan.

John Konop
John Konop

B,

Seems very clear the lobbyist won, not the American people.

……The campaign is bearing fruit. The letter from House Democrats, according to Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), was made necessary because Big Pharma and oncologist lobbyists had pushed many Democrats to the brink of signing a much more aggressive Republican letter. ……..

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Everyone knows by now it’s GOP fact that everything is equally the Dems fault. GOP talking heads are working establishing that Trump is a creation of Dems political correctness.

John Konop
John Konop

LOL……Calling me a GOP talking point poster of comments….LOL…..that was funny,

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The first sentence was indeed a poke at your viewpoint that Dems are equally responsible for the country’s state of division. It’s understandable how the second sentence could be construed to imply you’re a GOP talking head.

You’re no GOP talking point poster—many of your views are outside the GOP mainstream. I regret the implication.

Just to be clear though, do you think the Trump phenomenon is equally a creation of Dems?

John Konop
John Konop

Yes, but for economic reasons. The polling shows people are pissed off about falling real wages. The trade deals by both parties was a real body blow to the middle class. Second, Hillary is a NEOCON, anyway you slice it, most Americans are done with the policemen of the world foreign policy. People want us investing at home not around the world. If you look at the Sanders and Trump support the two above issues are driving the anti establishment movement. Put aside the method of communication, the core message is the same. not saying they are offering the same… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Globalization of trade was going to result in body blows whether or not there were trade deals. It was only a matter of severity. I think the key to mitigating damage would have been/is deals requiring higher labor standards abroad and improving the safety net at home, and improving the bargaining position of workers abroad and not undermining that at home, anathema to many conservatives. Taxation changes beneficial to capital and high earners made thing worse. We disagree on relative contribution. Many or most Dems supported trade deals and wars. Dems were left to carry any water on labor standards… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

PS – The world’s pharmaceutical R&D, like much of the world’s security, is carried nearly wholly by Americans.t

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Isn’t the reimbursement/subsidy inherent in the bill as passed and therefore no appropriation needed? Aren’t lots of bills passed this way?

Personally, I was a bit shocked when the ACA details came out. I expected lower premiums for low income folks thru the exchanges, paid by recipients. I never expected the “You can get these new, higher premium insurance policies, and the government will pay/subsidize/reimburse you for some of the inflated premium cost.”

(posted by the artist formerly known as NoTeabagging. Display name changed by moderator request.)

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

So nice that you people seem to be celebrating in denying healthcare to millions of people (some of whom will die if this all goes down…guess dancing on peoples graves will be the new Republican past time). Its sick, there is no other way to sum it up. Lie to yourselves until you believe it so you can sleep at night, and go to church on Sunday to believe you are not the hypocrite that you know you are deep down. I would be more upset if I wasnt fairly sure this is dead on appeal at the DC Circuit.

elfiii
elfiii

Scott, here’s hoping you get to be more upset. A lot more upset.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

The problem is most of you dont put a face on destroying this law. You think policy, money, taxes. You think about only yourself. You should think about what you are doing to other people who have to worry about whats going to happen if republicans succeed as though we dont have enough to worry about already. Here are some things you probably should consider that you might not know are included in the law Out of Pocket limit per year 6850.00 That might seem like a lot but when you have prescriptions that cost that much a month, knowing… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Scott, I agree with your ‘for the greater good’ points. I agree that the greater participation is healthier for the economics of the healthcare and health insurance system. It was just painful to have to make that big leap when I was a good health insurance customer with a major company. I could make the sacrifice if I was sure the insurance company could not quadruple insurance premiums and force you to drop it once you need the benefits. Or drop you if you under medical care and cannot pay premiums. Are those guarantees in ACA? The no lifetime limit… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Can we just get single payer and get it over with?

John Konop
John Konop

in all due respect, single payer does not fix the real issue, policy for sale.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well if it ain’t perfect, why bother.

John Konop
John Konop

Straw-man argument….

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

In all due respect, a single-payer system gets us a lot closer to the things you appear to advocate for re: drug pricing.

John Konop
John Konop

How? Both parties are blocking it now?

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Obama said this situation would never occur with the ACA reserves for health insurance shortfalls and the GOP was using scare tactics, the shortages became shocking and now they claim GOP is trying to destroy the ACA……

Nothing will work efficiently until everyone has skin in the game and competitiveness is returned to the industry.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Yada, yada, yada….. and the GOP plan is….. crickets.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Why the pointing fingers at one party: The GOP doesn’t have a clue and the Democrats ran a disaster of biblical proportions through………nice job congress……

There is no affordable insurance economics in a program covering or subsidizing the sick and poor while the able bodied without company plans do an end around, the healthcare industry consolidates, and divies up the turf and the Feds have selective play books.

Benevolus
Benevolus

If Repubs would just accept that this is a viable path and try and make it as good as possible instead of as bad as possible and give it a chance, we could see how well we can do. Instead, we only get to see how petty we can be.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Mitch McConnell, November 9, 2016: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for this President Clinton to be a one-term president.”

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

“After the GOP took over the House in 2010, there were numerous efforts to limit or repeal the law, from failed repeal measures to a government shutdown over spending that ultimately proved futile. Meanwhile the GOP base grew angrier and angrier that its representatives were unable to stop the measure’s implementation. Much of that frustration led to the rise of Donald Trump” You cannot be serious. Trump is not around because of ObamaCare. He is around because the Republicans ran a bunch of low energy, unqualified charlatans and zealots. I remember reading on the old PP that “we haven’t had… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Trump and Sanders surge is driven by the economy……

………Pew study sees a shrinking middle class in major US cities

In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out……….

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/pew-study-sees-a-shrinking-middle-class-in-major-us-cities/ar-BBsWqe6

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Why wouldn’t the fiscally responsible Democrats support this ruling? The controls in ACA allowed for the unlikely chance the low rates demanded might be too low and a reserve was established. The Democrats said the reserves would probably never be touched. For whatever reason, miscalculation, politically forced or sinister, the reserves got blown out. The safety net for the public is the overruns beyond the reserves were now on the healthcare corporations.

Now not bailing the private companies out is an attack on the ACA or is it preservation of private executive incentives ?