Boehner lawsuit vs. Obama cites healthcare law change

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – By delaying the implementation of the Obamacare on employers from 2013 to 2015, President Barack Obama created his own law, a power vested only in Congress, according to the draft of a House resolution authorizing Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) lawsuit against the former.

Boehner said Obama unilaterally delayed the Obamacare requirement that firms employing more than 50 full-time workers pay health insurance to their employees or pay a penalty by July 2013 when the president moved the deadline to January 2015.

Early this year, Obama allegedly changed the law again unilaterally after federal health officials announced that employers with between 50 and 99 workers have until January 2016 to comply with the requirement to offer health insurance or pay a fine.

“The president changed the healthcare law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it,” Boehner said, according to The Hill. “That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”

The Speaker defended the lawsuit saying he has “an obligation to stand up for the Legislative Branch.”

“If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well,” he warned.

In Austin, Texas, where Obama is visiting Thursday, he mocked the lawsuit that the White House already labeled as a political stunt that will waste taxpayers’ money.

The Hill quoted Obama as saying, “You’re going to sue me for doing my job? OK. I mean, think about that. You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job — while you don’t do your job.”

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