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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Sam Kazman
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the administration can pay subsidies to all deserving Obamacare enrollees, no matter who runs the exchanges they enrolled in — delivering a significant win to President Obama and preventing opponents from poking a major hole in his signature law.
"The Obama administration spent between $2.52 million and $2.77 million for hotel rooms and rental cars during the president's 2012 trip to Mexico for a G-20 summit," proclaims Britain's Daily Mail. "Government travel documents available online show that the State Department contracted with a travel agency to spend between $1,889,383 and $2,078,327 on hotel rooms alone, for the President, the Secret Service, and the rest of the State Department and White House staff and VIPs."
Ordinarily, political disputes ought to be settled by lawmakers accountable to the public, not unelected judges. It's bad form for a political party to run to the judicial branch simply because it can't win on an issue fair-and-square in the legislature.
President Obama will visit a Chrysler plant in Ohio on Friday to tout the automaker's repayment of bailout money, but a free-enterprise group accuses the administration of coordinating with General Motors' misleading marketing campaign last year about its own government-funded turnaround.
President Obama recently told the country that regulations have "gotten out of balance, placing unreasonable burdens on business - burdens that have stifled innovation." If the president wants to treat the root causes of declining medical innovation, his administration will have to take a hard look at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Scenes of a graveyard and the words, "Smoking can kill you," may one day cover the entire top half of a cigarette package if the federal government's new warning label system comes to pass.
The public's taste for stricter gun-control laws is fading.
"Today's ruling, like the similar one that preceded it last month in federal district court in D.C., is a setback to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program, and to the small businesses, workers and individuals in those states as well," he said. "It also contradicts established law on how statutes are to be construed, and ends up allowing the Administration to substitute its version of Obamacare for the law that Congress enacted."
“The court’s ruling today delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program,” said Sam Kazman, general counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which coordinated the lawsuit.