House GOP Sues Obama Over ObamaCare

Next up is opposition to immigration changes
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2014 9:47 AM CST
House GOP Sues Obama Over ObamaCare
President Obama meets with congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House on Nov. 7, 2014. At left is John Boehner.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

As Republicans plot strategy on how to oppose President Obama's immigration changes, they're moving ahead with a plan to go after another signature policy: ObamaCare. House Republicans today filed their expected lawsuit against the White House, arguing that the president overstepped his authority on certain parts of the legislation (including his postponement of the controversial employer mandate), reports the Wall Street Journal. Though the suit had been threatened for a while, the filing seemed imminent when Republicans announced earlier this week that they had hired constitutional attorney Jonathan Turley.

Republicans had previously threatened to add their immigration objections to the ObamaCare lawsuit, given that both involve allegations of executive overreach, but today's suit addresses only the health care law, reports New York Times. John Boehner lays out his main complaint: "If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well. The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action." The suit was filed against the Health and Human Services and Treasury departments. (More House Republicans stories.)

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