Looks like our Senator Lamar Alexander just can’t help getting on board to bail out Obamacare, despite his pre election promises to repeal it.
He admits he’s consulting with big Democrat libs, Senator Patty Murray from Washington and Ron Wyden of Oregon. Alexander’s siding with California and New York for their moneys. He talks in gobbeldygook that makes it seem like he’s compassionate and caring, but it all boils down to the government giving more and more subsidies to insurance companies.
Breitbart explains what’s happening:
California and New York will lead 16 states, including the District of Columbia, into a lawsuit to preserve subsidies to health insurance companies on the Obamacare exchanges, after a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Tuesday.
The D.C. Circuit will allow the states to intervene in the ongoing appeal in the House v. Price, et al. case, in which Congress successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s subsidies. President Barack Obama began paying the subsidies even though Congress had not specifically authorized them, which the lower court ruled was a violation of the Constitution’s limitations on appropriations in Article I, Section 9, Clause 7.
President Trump could have dropped the appeal and let the subsidies collapse, but continued the payments to allow Congress time to craft a law to repeal and replace Obamacare. The 90-day extension that the court granted is due to expire on August 21, and Trump is also threatening to drop the case. The Associated Press notes that California, New York and other states intervened in the case for fear that neither side would actually defend the subsidies…
However, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, announced Tuesday that he will begin work in September towards bailing out the faltering Obamacare exchanges.
And so odd alliance is building between Senate Republicans and California Democrats, among others, to bail out a system that was forced onto the American people in a partisan, and arguably unconstitutional, manner.
Alexander tries to mask this as holding down costs for Americans, but in reality it means unsustainable subsidies to insurance companies. You can read his statement here: https://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=8924A7D6-786A-47C6-8C7F-D97C7E3FC8FA
Once the federal spigots start, they never slow or cut off, do they? Alexander has shown himself to be a swamp critter par excellence.