Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Greg Stumbo escaped scrutiny for their role in Kentucky's Medicaid expansion efforts today when Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd dismissed them as defendants in a Tea Party lawsuit to halt the ObamaCare-related action.
Plaintiff David Adams expressed disappointment in the ruling, but said he wasn't surprised.
"Frankfort has gotten so far off the grid in terms of politicians acting outside their constitutionally dictated powers, I think there is great cause for concern both these men will abuse Kentuckians by trying to subvert the legal process and implement the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion. Technically that's speculation but there is substantial evidence to suggest that's the direction they are headed in and once they do it we will have a horrible time getting out of the mess it will create. Kentucky voters have no recourse until there is full and open debate in both chambers and roll call votes putting everyone properly on the record. The Court wasn't ready for that argument yet because this exact argument hasn't been tried before which is a shame because legislative immunity was never intended to protect the kind of lawlessness we see here, but we will try it again and again until it works or until dragging them into court becomes unnecessary."
"Nevertheless, the case goes on and there are still procedural mechanisms we can use to protect Kentuckians from this mess," Adams said.
Adams' motion for a temporary injunction halting all state efforts in the Medicaid expansion is scheduled for July 24 in Franklin Circuit Court.