Boehner Will Sue Obama for Not Enforcing Obamacare

The House speaker’s lawsuit will focus on delays in the employer mandate.

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Sam Baker
July 10, 2014, 2:20 p.m.

House Re­pub­lic­ans are plan­ning to sue Pres­id­ent Obama over delays in im­ple­ment­ing Obama­care.

Speak­er John Boehner has been talk­ing for a while about su­ing the pres­id­ent, but has been vague about what spe­cif­ic ac­tions he would chal­lenge. On Thursday, he an­nounced his tar­get: delays in the health care law’s em­ploy­er man­date.

In terms of Obama­care polit­ics, the op­tics here are a little weird: House Re­pub­lic­ans are up­set that an Obama­care man­date isn’t in ef­fect?

But Boehner’s of­fice said it’s about the prin­ciple — Obama delayed the em­ploy­er man­date uni­lat­er­ally, rather than en­for­cing the law as Con­gress wrote it. Re­pub­lic­ans have con­sist­ently ar­gued that the pres­id­ent didn’t have the au­thor­ity to push back the em­ploy­er man­date.

“If this pres­id­ent can get away with mak­ing his own laws, fu­ture pres­id­ents will have the abil­ity to as well,” Boehner said in a state­ment. “The House has an ob­lig­a­tion to stand up for the Le­gis­lat­ive Branch, and the Con­sti­tu­tion, and that is ex­actly what we will do.”

The White House has delayed Obama­care’s em­ploy­er man­date twice. The policy, which re­quires most em­ploy­ers to provide health care be­ne­fits or pay a pen­alty, was ini­tially sup­posed to take ef­fect in 2014. But the ad­min­is­tra­tion pushed back the man­date un­til 2015, then an­nounced an­oth­er year­long delay for cer­tain em­ploy­ers.


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