Money Laundering Scheme Foiled as Victory in Obamacare Lawsuit Yields $172,493,095 for Louisiana
Attorney General Calls on Governor to Return
Money to Taxpayers
BATON ROUGE, LA - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry
is applauding the U.S. District Court for the Northern Division of Texas after
its decision late Tuesday ordering the Internal Revenue Service to repay Louisiana
and five other states more than $839 million because of a Obama-era HHS scheme
to unlawfully impose a costly fee on state Medicaid programs.
“Obamacare has always been an economic house of cards,
and this ruling has again exposed it for what it is: a money laundering
scheme,” said General Landry. “This is a prime example of the deep
administrative state doing something that Congress expressly forbids.”
“Even though the Affordable Care Act forbids imposing the
Health Insurance Providers Fee (HIPF) on states, the federal government found a
way to do it anyway,” explained General Landry. “The government threat to
disapprove our managed care plans risked the loss of those Medicaid funds.
Yesterday’s court victory not only means the IRS must repay the over $172 million that our Medicaid program was illegally forced to pay, but it
also protects the State from having to pay millions more in future fees.”
"Once the money is returned to Louisiana, following
any potential appeals, the Governor should return any net dollars directly to
the hard-working Louisianans who were forced to pay these costs," said
“HIPF has always been an unconstitutional fee
imposed upon our State’s workers,” concluded General Landry. "I commend
our Solicitor General Liz Murrill and the entire multi-state coalition for
achieving victory in this important case."
A copy of the ruling may be found at https://bit.ly/2Bz1U6Z.
It includes IRS repayment to five other states: Indiana ($94,801,483), Kansas
($142,121,776), Nebraska ($36,238,918), Texas ($304,730,608), and Wisconsin