The state-run Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange died on Wednesday, but is only now starting to stink badly enough to be noticed.
On Wednesday, Governor Steve Beshear panicked and reissued his July 2012 executive order creating the ObamaCare “exchange,” in a very weak attempt to forestall losing the tea party lawsuit challenging his authority to write his own law without legislative approval.
How weak, you ask? This weak: the very law he cited as his authority for creating the exchange in the first place, KRS 12.028, which clearly requires him to get legislative approval he didn’t get, also clearly specifies that he can’t just reissue failed executive orders.
“This is the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard of a Kentucky Governor doing,” said David Adams, lead plaintiff in the lawsuit to shut down the exchange. “It’s about time to tell Beshear to drop this silliness and to ‘get over it.'”
This case will be back in Franklin Circuit Court Monday morning, June 24, at 9:00 am ET in the Franklin County Courthouse 669 Chamberlain Avenue in Frankfort.