Three Bigtime Breaking News Stories *Open Thread*


Three big news stories have broken open today, and all three deal with the Obama Administration. Two deal with the Obamacare overreach, and the third deals with what can only be described as denial at best, and incompetence at worse.

First up is one many of us saw coming: a major part of Obamacare has been ruled invalid, and the judges gave a slap on the wrist to the IRS, too. The Hill has the story:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down one of the pillars of ObamaCare, ruling that the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two-dozen states.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 decision that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not permit the IRS to distribute premium subsidies in the federal ObamaCare exchange, meaning those consumers must bear the full cost of their insurance.

“Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges ‘established by the State,’ we reverse the district court and vacate the IRS’s regulation,” the court said in its ruling. […]

As I am sure you can imagine, the White House wasn’t happy about this ruling, but naturally, they won’t stop doing what they are doing just because some court told ’em so. That just ain’t how they roll. More from The Hill:

The Obama administration quickly signaled it would appeal the ruling to the full D.C. Circuit, but even if it triumphs there, the case appears destined for the Supreme Court.

The ruling in Halbig v. Burwell tossed out the ObamaCare subsidies on the grounds that the statutory language of the healthcare law does not explicitly allow enrollees on the federal exchanges to receive premium tax credits. […] (Click here to read the rest. And click HERE to see the opinion of the court.)

Yep, this is pretty big, no doubt about it.

But you know that this isn’t the end of it, especially since another court ruled today (this has got to be coincidence, right?) that it is A-Okay for the IRS to suck the taxpayer dry through any means possible assert Federal tax credits for those whose states don’t provide them. And this is the second big story of the day, and also comes from The Hill :

[…] Fourth Circuit Judge Roger Gregory argued that because the statutory language of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ambiguous, courts should defer to the interpretation of the Internal Revenue Service and allow the subsides to stand.

“Applying deference to the IRS’s determination … we uphold the rule as a permissible exercise of the agency’s discretion,” Gregory wrote.

The decision came just hours after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals came to the opposite conclusion in its ruling.
“Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges ‘established by the State,’ we reverse the district court and vacate the IRS’s regulation,” a three-judge panel ruled.

The conflicting rulings sets up a circuit split that could fast track the cases to the Supreme Court. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Uh, yeah – this is likely going to the SCOTUS to figure out the answer, but I have to say, the Fourth Circuit sure does give a whole lot of leeway to the IRS. Frankly, besides the VA, I cannot think of a department that deserves that kind of latitude less than the IRS after what we have come to know about them and how they act (I am referring to Lois Lerner, Tea Party and religious groups, emails and hard drives lost/destroyed, etc., etc., of course). But hey, I am not an attorney, so I will leave it to those who are.

Second up is a story from the Washington Post. This is another one I am sure many of us saw coming. And that is when this Administration actually knew about the influx of children/teens primed to come through Mexico into the United States. Here’s a hint, it wasn’t just a few months ago. From WaPo:

Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children.

Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.

The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.

The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews with former government officials, outside experts and immigrant advocates, leading to an inadequate response that contributed to this summer’s escalating crisis. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Gee, you can see why this was ALL such a surprise to this Administration. Not. More of the same from Obama, it seems, the lying to cover up their incompetence, or ineptness, or perhaps indifference. Regardless, their lack of action, their “denial,” is having a major effect on the entire nation.

Hmm – come to think of it, that seems to be the theme of this post. How the Obama Administration engages in actions or policies that have a tremendous effect on the citizenry, a lot of it negative.

Now, we have only to hold this Administration accountable, and if that means going to the Supreme Court, so be it.

This is an Open Thread.

7 Responses to “Three Bigtime Breaking News Stories *Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Nero fiddled Obama fund raises. 😦

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t that the truth. Apparently, there is no crisis big enough to compel Obama to stop campaigning and start governing…

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    Excellent post Amy. 🙂

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    All can say is.

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Yep, Obama fully intends to ignore the court ruling today:,8382

    And, as suspected, it seems to have been a rush job by the Fourth Circuit to come up with the opposite ruling (and one that reads just a bit suspect to me, but I am not an atty):,8382

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