Appeals court dumps states’ latest challenge to Obamacare

by Stephen Dinan
July 1, 2016

A federal appeals court seemed sympathetic to West Virginia’s complaints about Obamacare, but tossed out the state’s challenge in a ruling Friday that leaves President Obama with a free hand to alter enforcement of the law.

The judges said West Virginia didn’t prove it was injured by Mr. Obama’s about-face, so it didn’t have standing to sue. The court never reached the key legal questions of presidential authority.

“Although Appellant dresses up its argument as a breach of State sovereignty in violation of the Tenth Amendment, its injury is nothing more than the political discomfort in having the responsibility to determine whether to enforce or not — and thereby annoying some West Virginia citizens whatever way it decides,” Judge Laurence Silberman wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The case stemmed from Mr. Obama’s now-infamous vow that those who liked their insurance plans before Obamacare would be able to keep them after the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

22 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Worried Vet says:

    The court couldn’t rule for the state. That would be on record that Obama lied about the Aca. I don’t know what way those judges are liberal or GOP but they can’t rule in favor of POTUS just out and out lying. It would open up Pandora’s box for law suits. This is the country we live in now.

  • Elizabeth Lindsay says:

    Yea and the insurance companies are going bankrupt. You never win in fooling people – period

  • justinwachin says:

    The court system is only interested in judicial activism when it is advancing a liberal cause. Sadly holding the president to his word and the 10th amendments are not sufficient enough.

  • Tiger says:

    Well how bout them taters so a judge doesn’t understand that a sitting president doesn’t have the right to arbitrarily change an existing law. Goooooollllllyyyyyyy.

    Who is surprised. When these people begin to get the gist of this law and they are aghast at this law, when they are too old for knee replacements, pace makers, hip replacements and they can’t get the latest in cancer treatments, they get pain pills and they begin to see the death rates of the elderly go up because they are only allowed so many hospitalizations a year etc. then they might see the error of their ways and start to wake up.

    1. Born in the South and proud says:

      I doubt that will wake them up. If I remember correct the judges have the same deal as congress. They don’t have the same coverage as all those little people. Don’t us little people know that the great gov’t and judicial fat cats know what is best for us. SCREW em all

      1. Tiger says:

        Lynch has shown her ass several times these last weeks and she really tightened the noose with the meeting with Bill. We will see how this plays out. I always said Hillary won’t be the candidate and with this Lynch deal she is really under the microscope. Even Democrats questioning what is going on. So my guess H will be out and O will recluse himself from her and they will put Biden in.

        Yes screw them all to a tree and use them for a dart board. They think we don’t know how they live and how they expect us to live. We are not peons. Maybe the Almighty will intervene with a natural disaster and take Washington D.C. down when all of them there.

        Personally my family comes first and I could care less about any of them. In fact I am going would help my neighbors and people I met on the net, I could care less about any of the leaders in this country.

    2. pmbalele says:

      Phil needs Obamacare with his religion. He looks White but what happened to his face and nose is Black? I do not think he has taken a bath for years. Phil needs either a wife to tell him he stinks or needs Obamacare to admit him into mental hospital to see himself as a human being not a pig that does not take a bath. I hope one of Repub or TP women will take him for a husband. Repub women are slaves to people like Phil.

      1. Tiger says:

        You are so warped my friend but you are harmless if only we could keep your ilk from voting.

        1. Worried Vet says:

          That’s the problem these idiots can vote. If they keep up this idea they can elect people like Hillary and she wins, maybe God will protect them from being an idiot. The elites they put in office sure won’t.

          1. Tiger says:

            Great point, “Maybe God will protect them from being an idiot. The elites they put in office sure won’t.”

            Great all the way around.

            Just heard Comey speak about the Hillary case. She had Sensitive, Classified and Top Secret on her emails but won’t recommend prosecution. He said a reasonable person should have known better, so she was just careless.


          2. Worried Vet says:

            Yes I’m just sick. I had a tip secret clearance with special access in the navy. If I would have done a fraction of what Hillary did I would still be in jail or shot since it was during Vietnam. That would have been treason. We have let the left have control to long. I blame the rinos for not stopping this mess fro the start. They have had Control long enough to have done something. I don’t care if any of them remain in office. Now because of their being wussies the liberals have a very good chance at being in power from POTUS all the way down to governors. Hillary will stack the courts with liberal judges and it’s game over. I’m old so I’m not worried about me, I worry about my kids and grandkids hell all young people. They don’t have any idea of the Pandora’s box the FBI opened today. With Trump as the GOP nominee I don’t see this country uniting around him enough to get him elected. His mouth is his own worst enemy and when he goofs the liberal media crucifies him. I hope and pray I’m wrong God knows I really hope I’m wrong and Trump can win and fix some of this.

          3. Tiger says:

            Yes you are 100% right about what would have happened to you. I am an Army Reserve nurse served in Shield/Storm and this war. I also had Secret Clearance and frankly O with the people he has run with and known would never be allowed to have a Secret Clearance yet he is privy to our nations greatest secrets. We are so in a mess.

            I have listened to all Trump’s speeches. He is good and what he says is right and what he plans to do is good for America. He was no politician nor debater but he has really come a long way and he is better all the time. I like his bluntness, his truth and his guts he didn’t need this. I saw a montage of him from his younger days being interviewed and he was saying then what he says now and he was worried for America and saw this coming. He does love America.

            Yes our children and their children but it is the new generations in college who sopped up the commie jargon and are now haters of America and knowing nothing about history, our history or anyone’s. They have not a clue what Socialism is or that it leads to Communism. They don’t know Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot nothing they know nothing.

            I see only one way and that is if God Almighty has mercy on this country and those of us who are still on His side.

          4. Worried Vet says:

            Thanks I forgot about pol pot see that’s history our young should know about. Not this whiny safe space crap, college is for debate and the exchange of ideas that’s what makes us great. Our history has bad in it every nation does but it’s our history and we need to learn from it not hide it that won’t stop us from making the same mistakes again. Without knowledge were idiots. Without history were doomed to repeat it. If every time your feelings are hurt by some little thing you want a safe space how will you survive the real world. Life isn’t fair and it’s sure as hell not all warm and fuzzy so what happens when your in real trouble. Do you hope for a safe space and curl up in a fetal position or do you defend yourself. I hope the latter if not your doomed in real life.

          5. Tiger says:

            Again great post. 40 years of influence in our Public Schools and colleges of Socialist and Communist teachers have printed in the DNA of our children “American Hate”. It is evident in all interviews on campus. The ignorance that spews from the mouths of the students is appalling.

            My daughter back in college for another degree. She said mother the professor is great but nobody comes to class. There is this big huge empty hall. Then they all show up for tests and they actually went onto the net and said this professor unfair and wouldn’t give them points so they wanted him fired. He was fired. She went to him for counseling about staying in classes or going online and finishing up this degree with the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is like me, she loves being in class and having what you say, discussions, debates etc. Those days are gone.

            They are purposely raised weak, weak people can’t overthrow a government. Just as the putrid food that Michele O tried to shove down our children’s throats while her unruly, America hating, pompous, spoiled brats eat five course meals a day. She is not an elected official. she is not a nutritionist and doctors said feeding that trash to growing minds and bodies when they need food and nutrition was an attempt to do just that. Weaken minds and bodies. She lost.

            The answer is Trump and then to get parents to come together in neighborhoods and Home School children. Or for churches to once again set up church schools and take the children out of Public Schools. Of course if we continue down this path that would be forbidden.

            We are in deep trouble.

          6. Worried Vet says:

            Well churches are more into the bottom line nowadays. They don’t do much to defend Christian values or Christians for that matter. They would have to spend money. It’s sad but between the elitist we have in office, brainwashed voters, and churches were doomed to have more serious problems soon.

          7. Tiger says:

            We will see. Let us keep our chins up. Millions of us home from these wars. We remain warriors for America.


          8. Tiger says:

            I am stealing your thoughts concerning what would happen to us if we did something like that. Hope it is OK good point for sure.

          9. Worried Vet says:

            Thanks and I wish all would at least look at the point. Reading my mind might get us in trouble lol

          10. Tiger says:

            Thank you and by the way congressmen speaking on this who have served are saying the same thing. We would be fried.

    1. Tiger says:

      Plenty of reasons to do so.

      1. Jessicacarndt2 says:


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