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House GOP Sues Obama Over Health Care Law

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House GOP Sues Obama Over Health Care Law

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By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

House Republicans have filed a lawsuit against President Obama over his health care law, Speaker John Boehner announced Friday, making good on a resolution passed in July.

The lawsuit is the first legal challenge of its kind by a chamber of Congress and came one day after the president’s announcement that he was using executive authority to institute immigration reform. Republicans have discussed whether to expand their health care lawsuit to include the immigration actions.

In the statement announcing the lawsuit, Boehner said: “Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and re-write federal law on his own without a vote of Congress. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work.”

Republicans have taken issue with Obama’s failure to enforce a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which requires businesses to pay a penalty if they don’t offer basic health insurance to employees. The Obama administration has delayed the provision twice, and it won’t fully take effect until 2016.

Boehner said the lawsuit also will address Republican opposition to an estimated $175 billion in payments to insurance companies over the next 10 years as part of a cost-sharing program under the health care law.

“Congress has never appropriated funds for the program,” Boehner said in a statement Friday. “The administration is instead unlawfully and unconstitutionally using funds from a separate Treasury Department account … and thereby unilaterally altering the structure of the health care law.”

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5 Comments

  1. jmprint November 21, 2014

    The republican’s love WASTING our hard earned tax dollars. They haven’t figured out how the system is suppose to work yet, they think reading green eggs and ham, and filibustering is the way.

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  2. Carolyn1520 November 22, 2014

    The republicans can add party of disgrace to party of no and obstruction. Their behavior since the first election victory has been disrespectful, dangerous and beyond partisan politics. The consequences of their actions will affect them for many years to come. I’m hoping for a quicker implosion of that party before they do irreparable harm to our country. In fact I’m looking forward to their demise.

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  3. nana4gj November 22, 2014

    In the implementation of any huge bill that affects insurance, especially health insurance, that affects employers, consumers, insurance companies, there are minor changes and modifications that are made as the implementation process identifies the need for them. The employer mandate is not such a big deal to file a law suit over.

    The cost sharing to insurance companies seems a no brainer. This ACA has always been a shared responsibility, among the government, the insurers, and the insured. Much like Medicare Advantage Plans, the government pays insurance companies their specified amount which is used to provide coverage for Medicare recipients who choose to have Medicare coverage via the Advantage Plans.

    This seems such a far stretch, I will be interested to see how it all falls out. Once thing is certain, if Republicans didn’t know something was in the bill, it is because they wasted the time they were supposed to be in committees working on it and, instead, blew it off, and focused on misrepresenting it, and criticizing it, and publicly mocking their participation in committees, on which they all sat, including Max Bacchus’s finance committee for the ACA.

    The critical issue is why the GOP is so bent on depriving people of affordable health care access under the existing system of insurance and why they are so motivated to keep efforts to improve our society by denying solutions to those issues that affect the quality of life of the people, such as healthcare and immigration, and the security and well being of the people.

    And, of course, the next issue/question is, why are so many people so influenced by this angry GOP that they act in their worst best interests?

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  4. nana4gj November 22, 2014

    Since filing law suits against the President has nothing to do with their jobs, which is to legislate and pass bills, I think they should pay for these law suits out of the coffers of the GOP and not with tax dollars.

    We are already paying taxes to pay their salaries to legislate. Policy differences in Congress should be resolved with legislation, not law suits.

    They need to be held accountable for their follies and their lack of ability to legislate in Congress. They should pay for law suits themselves. We are already paying them for very poor job performances.

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  5. 4sanity4all November 22, 2014

    They are filing a suit to force the President to do what they do not want him to do? The GOP is in Bizzaro world, for sure.

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