Federal Judge: Obamacare Payments Unconstitutional

May 12, 2016
Press Release


WASHINGTON– Today, a federal judge ruled in favor of House Republicans’ lawsuit to dismantle a key part of Obamacare. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia ruled that the Obama administration using federal money to pay insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Congressman Collins issued the following statement on the ruling:


“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.”