The House authorized a lawsuit against President Obama for breaking 2 laws when he made altercations to Obamacare last summer. This past Friday the lawsuit was finally filed and focuses on 2 specific crimes Obama committed with his changes to the Affordable Health Care Act.
According to the Speaker’s Office, the lawsuit filed Friday will challenge two aspects of Obama’s actions:
Unlawfully Waiving the Employer Mandate. The House is challenging the president’s unilateral decision to twice waive the health care law’s employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it without going through Congress. The president’s actions delaying the employer mandate directly contradict the clear and plain language of the health care law.
Illegally Transferring Funds to Insurance Companies. The House is also challenging the administration’s unlawful giveaway of approximately $175 billion to insurance companies under ObamaCare. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the administration will pay approximately $3 billion to insurance companies in FY 2014, and is scheduled to make payments of some $175 billion over the next 10 years to insurance companies under an HHS-based, ObamaCare cost-sharing program even though Congress has never appropriated funds for the program. The administration is instead unlawfully and unconstitutionally using funds from a separate Treasury Department account – authorized for other purposes – to pay insurance companies and thereby unilaterally altering the structure of the health care law.
Boehner stressed in his statement that the House needs to stand up to protect its power.
“If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well,” the Speaker said. “The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action.”