Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwelln of Health and Human Services (HHS) has expressed her full confidence that ObamaCare will withstand the court challenge that has been brought up against it. The administration’s health care law has continuously been hounded by lawsuits, this time by House Republicans. This was reported by the New York Times.
House Republicans have accused the administration of bypassing the authority of congress in delaying the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act. Another bone of contention, according to the Republicans, is the administration’s $175 billion giveaways to insurance companies in the law because it is only congress who can appropriate the said amount.
“Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and re-write federal law on his own without a vote of Congress,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement. “That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well. The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action.”
The lawsuit will bring the health care law to its knees if it wins the case. Consumers will be barred from accessing billions of dollars in federal subsidies provided to pay their insurance premiums.
Facing the reporters during a press conference on Tuesday, the HHS secretary answered an avalanche of questions concerning how the administration will handle the worst case scenario. She refused to answer the question of what will happen if the administration will suffer a set back and lose the case.
“We believe we are in a place where our argument and our position will prevail,” she told reporters.
“I think anyone can create any kind of hypothetical in life and in policy. I think what we’re focused on now is the law of the land,” she said.
“I’m going to stick with where I am.” That’s what she said when she was asked about any back up plans the administration might have in the event that it will lose $64 billion in subsidies.
Last November, the Supreme Court expressed its willingness to hear the subsidies case with the decision surprising both court-watchers and healthcare experts.