Obamacare suffered another setback as a federal judge ruled the method of funding for part of the healthcare program, set forth by president Barrack Obama, was unconstitutional.
The GOP filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, challenging a $175 million program authorizing payments to insurers that was not appropriated by Congress, reported Fox News. Republicans argued the program was unconstitutional. And U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, a George W. Bush appointee, agreed with them.
“Congress is the only source for such an appropriation, and no public money can be spent without one,” wrote Collyer, according to Politico.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady praised the decision.
"This decision is a critical step in protecting Congress's power of the purse from an Administration that has repeatedly ignored a fundamental principle of our Republic: the separation of powers," Brady said.
The ruling was a big win for Republicans, who have been challenging the president's landmark healthcare legislation in the courts and the way in which some of it has been implemented.
"This is not the first time that we’ve seen opponents of the Affordable Care Act go through the motions to try to win this political fight in the court system," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
The Obama administration is appealing the decision and the program will continue in the meantime.
Aside from court battles, Obamacare has also had trouble with large insurance companies leaving the program. United Healthcare, the nation's largest health insurer, announced in April that it would cease its Obamacare participation in nearly every state.
According to estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation, United Healthcare's decision could lead to higher insurance premiums in several states, including Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska and North Carolina, reported CNN.