Natch. Obamacare was conceived and sold with lies and deceit, and is the essence of illegality, so no one (other than the emotionally-driven, low-information fools who voted for this jug-eared Marxist clown) should be surprised.
First, the “revelation” as in something that only those afore-mentioned fools should be surprised by, that an Obama Regime official “misled,” a nice word for “lied,” to Congress about how much they had recouped from failed state exchanges.
A House panel said Tuesday that a top administration health official misled Congress last year by seeming to suggest that the government had already recaptured hundreds of millions of dollars from struggling state exchanges under Obamacare.
Instead, federal officials can point to only about $21 million in money they kept from being spent — far less than the $200 million Andy Slavitt, acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said had been recouped during testimony last year to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
All told, the government doled out some $4.6 billion to states that decided to set up and run their own health care exchanges, including the states that botched their rollouts, leaving customers in the lurch and forcing the federal government to prolong enrollment and grant exemptions from the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans have demanded that the administration try to get back some of the money they say the states wasted on badly run exchanges. Mr. Obama’s aides initially seemed to agree and said they would try to reel in “unallowable costs.”
The federal government did recover $32.5 million in a settlement with Maryland and its initial Web contractor, Noridian. It also halted the planned spending of another $21.5 million.
Beyond that, CMS can’t say whether it has recouped any more money or even how much the administration is seeking overall.
Right, because when you are spending other people’s money, who cares?
Second, yesterday a federal judge smacked the Regime’s lawlessness.
House Republicans won Round 2 in a potentially historic lawsuit Thursday when a federal judge declared the Obama administration was unconstitutionally spending money to subsidize health insurers without obtaining an appropriation from Congress.
Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer broke new ground by ruling the GOP-controlled House of Representatives had legal standing to sue the president over how he was enforcing his signature healthcare law.
On Thursday, she ruled the administration is violating a provision of the law by paying promised reimbursements to health insurers who provide coverage at reduced costs to low-income Americans.
The judge’s ruling, while a setback for the administration, was put on hold immediately and stands a good chance of being overturned on appeal.
But the 38-page opinion highlights the repeated complaint from Republicans that Obama and his administration have ignored constitutional limits on their authority.
The Constitution says “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law,” Collyer noted, but the administration has continued to pay billions to insurers for their extra cost of providing health coverage.
“Paying [those] reimbursements without an appropriation thus violates the Constitution,” she wrote. “Congress is the only source for such an appropriation, and no public money can be spent without one.”
Congress? Separation of powers? As Obama likes to say, ain’t nobody got time for that!
Interesting fun fact: LSM types like to point out that this judge was appointed by George W. Bush, but I find it more interesting that she attended University of Denver, so didn’t go to one of those Ivy League brainwashing centers where every ounce of common sense is wrung out of students.
Also, do you, like me, find it a tad distressing that long-time legal reporter David Savage notes:
The case of House of Representatives v. Burwell will move to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where Democratic appointees have a solid majority.
That shouldn’t matter, should it? What say you?