Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled today in favor of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's illegal actions to force his state into ObamaCare.
Shepherd ruled KRS 12.028, which provides the Governor with temporary reorganization powers, ignored language in section 5 of that statute which requires re-issuance of temporary restructuring to wait until after the 2014 General Assembly session starts. Gov. Beshear created the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange under a 2012 Executive Order which was not ratified by the 2013 General Assembly. He then issued a new Executive Order creating the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, an action which is specifically prohibited by this statute.
Shepherd also ruled that the regulatory process explicitly required by KRS 205.520(3) and KRS 194A.050(1) does not apply to Gov. Beshear in expanding Medicaid, though it clearly does.
Governor Beshear had to lie in court and break state law in order to pretend to have authority specifically denied him by statute and the Constitution. He needed a judge to ignore these facts and now he needs four of seven who are elected in districts whose people understand and oppose ObamaCare. I don't think he can do it.