‘Giving Speaker Nancy Pelosi a no-limit credit card to spend on lawyers, is a waste of taxpayer dollars on a political stunt…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) House Democrats are issuing new chamber rules that include a resolution appointing Speaker Nancy Pelosi the “chief legal defender of Obamacare.”
The proposed rule change allows the 78-year-old, 16-term San Francisco progressive to use House resources to intervene in legal cases to defend Obamacare.
Not surprisingly, the move extends to the law’s devastating legal defeat in Texas et al. vs. U.S., where a federal judge in Texas ruled Obamacare unconstitutional.
Congress cut the Obamacare tax penalty in 2017, essentially undercutting the U.S. Supreme Court’s reasoning for finding President Obama’s signature legislation constitutional in 2012.
“The remainder of the ACA is non-severable from the individual mandate, meaning that the Act must be invalidated in whole,” U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor wrote in a 55-page opinion in December.
Pelosi appears ready to attack the decision rather than fix the troubled law, critics say.
“Giving Speaker Nancy Pelosi a no-limit credit card to spend on lawyers, is a waste of taxpayer dollars on a political stunt,” said Rep. Warren Davidson, an Ohio Republican.
“This does nothing to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. It does nothing to ramp down health care costs for everyday Americans. Meanwhile, the average individual premium is still too high and rising too swiftly thanks to Obamacare,” Davidson said.
Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican member of the House Rules Committee, also opposed the measure.
Cole called it an “unnecessary stunt,” and an attempt to save Obamacare from the courts.
“If Democrats truly care about protecting Americans and improving their access to quality healthcare, the better approach would be to actually pass a constitutionally sound law that is well-considered, well-structured and that will result in lower premiums and better access to health insurance,” said Cole on Wednesday.
House Republicans say they want a health care system that works.
“Obamacare is not that system,” said Davidson.
“Today’s vote is only the latest sign that Democrats in the House would rather play politics than find real solutions,” he said.