By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016 A federal judge dealt President Obama and his health care law a major blow Thursday, ruling in favor of House Republicans who said the administration was unlawfully paying insurers without authorization from Congress. The order by U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer, presiding in Washington, says the administration should stop doling out the Affordable Care Act’s “cost-sharing” payments to insurers until it gets an appropriation from Congress. However, she stayed that order pending a likely appeal by the administration. The cost-sharing program reimburses insurers who have reduced co-pays and deductibles for qualified Obamacare enrollees as a condition of participating in the state-based health care exchanges. GOP lawmakers say Congress never authorized spending for the program, and indeed zeroed out funding for it, so Mr. Obama was breaking the law and violating Congress’s constitutional power of the purse by continuing to disburse the funds.