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OFFICIAL LAWLESSNESS: On ObamaCare, Democrats Defy the Supreme Court.
Unfortunately, the link is to a Wall Street Journal article to which I do not have access. But the Instapundit correspondent provided the meat:
The multitrillion-dollar tax, climate and entitlement spending bill the House passed last week cuts funding for hospitals that treat uninsured patients. It likely violates the Constitution in the process by punishing states that have declined ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.
Seven states, including expansion and nonexpansion states, still use uncompensated-care pools to reimburse providers for charity treatment. Section 30608 of the Build Back Better bill contains two separate provisions that would apply solely to nonexpansion states. The first would reduce by 12.5% their Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, which offset the costs of hospitals that treat high numbers of uninsured patients.
…While the new subsidies authorized under the bill would expire in 2025, the reductions in Medicaid payments—which the Congressional Budget Office estimates at approximately $4 billion a year—are permanent.
That clearly violates the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius, which declared ObamaCare’s mandatory expansion of Medicaid unconstitutionally coercive on states.
Yes, we all know that the phrase “clearly violates” is laughable with the Roberts Court … or, more specifically, with that complete joke of a “conservative” Chief Justice, Mr. Roberts himself. But also notice the deafening silence from opportunistic media whores like Republicans for the Rule of Law. (I’m beginning to think that they were every only as real at this Q character. But I digress.)
Regardless, while slightly more hidden than the mocking re-issuance of the eviction moratorium and the cynical Federal Contractor Executive Order, here we are again: The machine in DC continues to function in contrast to the good faith requirement in the voluntary founding compact for this little experiment.
Unfortunately, it is clear that this kind of “coercion and lawlessness” can go on all day every day and most of We the People won’t even notice…and the reliably incurious (or just plain collusive) press sure as hell isn’t going to spread the word. Worse, within our perimeter, there will continue be those who rationalize away all of these individual little cuts that are just adding to the thousands of others already inflicted on The Republic (Is it not already nothing but a rotting corpse?) and others will just look down there noses to utter their conscience protecting mantra: “Things really aren’t that bad.”
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