Anyone who knows his Constitution knows that the Administration and others before it have been in the habit of “overreach.” This fashionable word, “overreach” which is used by the mainstream to inform people that the President has broken the law. And though many things could be pointed out as an unlawful usurpation of authority, there now is a ruling that has pointed out a particular instance.
The Washington Times reports
A federal judge dealt President Obama and his health care law a major blow Thursday, ruling in favor of House Republicans who said the administration was unlawfully paying insurers without permission from Congress.
The order by U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer, presiding in Washington, says the administration should stop doling out the Affordable Care Act’s “cost-sharing” payments to insurers until Capitol Hill appropriates the money.
The ruling will likely cause a major problem if not overturned on appeal.
The problem is that there are agencies that are spending money they have not been authorized to pay. The money is needed to bridge the gap between what insurance costs and what people are paying.
If this is sent to Congress for appropriation, the whole Obamacare system could grind to a halt. Without the freedom to spend this money, there will be nothing to bridge this gap. And though many want to make this an issue of humanitarian concern, it is a Constitutional one. We are nothing without our rule of law.
The Times continues
Thursday’s opinion on the merits of the lawsuit emphasized the Founding Fathers’ decision to separate powers among the government’s branches, particularly the legislative branch’s power over the nation’s purse strings.
“Authorization and appropriation by Congress are non-negotiable prerequisites to government spending,” Judge Collyer wrote.
Finally, a judge that knows the Constitution.