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Conservatives Laud Obamacare Ruling as 'Rebuke' to 'Imperial' President

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. (Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 12 May 2016 03:37 PM

Conservatives Thursday cheered a ruling by a federal judge that the Obama administration was illegally paying out as much as $175 billion to finance Obamacare, with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus calling it "another rebuke by the courts to a president who has routinely flouted the Constitution."

"Obamacare has proven to be an unpopular, unworkable train wreck that has delivered one broken promise after another, made our weak economy even worse, and disrupted the lives of millions of Americans," Priebus said.

"While Hillary Clinton and the Democrats want to expand this failed law and give Washington more control over Americans' healthcare, the Republican Party is united in our resolve to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered reforms that will actually lower costs and expand access to care."

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer was "a historic win for the Constitution and the American people.

"The court ruled that the administration overreached by spending taxpayer money without approval from the people's representatives," the Wisconsin Republican said. "Here, the executive branch is being held accountable to 'We the People' — and that's why this decision is very good news."

Collyer's decision is a win for House Republicans who brought the politically charged legal challenge in 2014 to try to undermine Obamacare.

The administration is paying $175 billion over a decade to reimburse health insurers for reducing co-payments for lower-income people.

In the lawsuit, the House argued that Congress never specifically appropriated that money and has denied the administration's request for it. It contended that the administration was spending the money anyway, exceeding its constitutional authority.

The White House has said it is using other, previously approved money.

Collyer, who was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2002, issued an order stopping further reimbursements, but said it would not take effect pending an appeal.

House Republicans authorized the lawsuit over Democratic objections. The House had already voted dozens of times to repeal all or parts of Obamacare, but most of those efforts went nowhere in the Senate and with President Barack Obama in the White House.

The disputed subsidies help lower-earning people afford such out-of-pocket costs as annual insurance deductibles and co-payments when they visit doctors.

The White House is expected to appeal Collyer's decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, whose chief judge is Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Tennessee Rep. Diane Black said the ruling proved that "from Obamacare, to executive amnesty, to the EPA's backdoor power grabs, this administration just can't keep itself out of the courtroom.

"In fact, President Obama has lost twice as many legal challenges as his predecessor — a pretty embarrassing track record for a former constitutional law professor," she added.

"The U.S. District Court's ruling is an important win for the constitutional separation of powers and for the American people who are tired of an imperial president that makes up the rules as he goes along."

However, Black cautioned, any court decision "won't change the fact that Obamacare is not simply being implemented poorly, the law itself is flawed beyond repair and must be repealed."

Adam Brandon, CEO of FreedomWorks, said that "no administration can spend money that is not explicitly appropriated by the legislative branch. The Constitution is explicitly clear on this.

"The Obama administration, of course, has developed a lawless and shameful proclivity for going around Congress to implement its agenda, with no regard for the constitutional separation of powers."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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