Obamacare just got the President sued, by House Speaker John Boehner. House Republicans approved a lawsuit against President Obama on Wednesday (July 30), one day before they head out for summer break.
Boehner and Obama looked pretty chummy when they were joking about smoking last year, but they stand on two different sides of the healthcare issue.
From the Huffington Post:
The suit would seek to make Obama strictly enforce the Affordable Care Act that Boehner has held some 50 votes to undermine or repeal. Republicans object that the Obama administration has delayed some parts of the law, particularly the mandate on employers who do not provide health care coverage.
This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold and acting decisively when it may be compromised,” Boehner said shortly before his members granted him the power to sue. “No member of this body needs to be reminded what the Constitution states about the president’s obligation to faithfully execute the laws of our nation. No member needs to be reminded of the bonds of trust that have been frayed or the damage that’s already been done.”
The measure passed 225 to 201, with five Republicans joining Democrats to oppose the lawsuit.
With elections coming up this November, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) denied that the lawsuit is a partisan issue. “If there were a Republican president doing the same thing, I would feel just as strongly. This is about the Constitution,” Foxx said.
Obama isn’t surprised by the lawsuit. “They’re going to sue me for taking executive actions to help people. So they’re mad I’m doing my job,” he told a crowd in Kansas City. The President added that he has attempted to work on a better solution with Congress. “I’ve told them I’d be happy to do it with you. The only reason I’m doing it on my own is because you’re not doing anything.”
U.S. Presidents have been sued before, but similar lawsuits are typically tossed by federal judges.