Obama gambled on Obamacare payments and lost
...This is another example of how Obama's intransigence led him to a much bigger screwup. He refused to work with Republicans from day one and continued to refuse to work with them after they took control of Congress.
One of the ways President Obama tried to get around the separation of powers had to do with his signature legislation, The Affordable Care Act. The law allowed for payments to be made directly to insurers to cover out-of-pocket costs and deductibles for low-income consumers.
Congress did not appropriate the funds. The Obama administration decided to make the payments anyway. The GOP filed suit, and a federal judge agreed with Republicans. The New York Times wrote about this, but their headline is a classic example of media bias. Here is what the headline says:
Obama Unwittingly Handed Trump a Weapon to Cripple the Health Law
Unwittingly means “without being aware” or “unintentionally.” The New York Times reporter contradicts himself in the first paragraph:
Obama administration officials knew they were on shaky ground in spending billions of dollars on health insurance subsidies without clear authority. But they did not think a long-shot court challenge by House Republicans was cause for deep concern.
So they knew exactly what they were doing. They were aware, and they did it intentionally. They rolled the dice, and it cost them....