House Speaker John Boehner announced that the House has formally filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over Obamacare. Boehner had promised the House of Representatives would sue the administration over changes made to the health care law which were done without Congressional authorization. In July, the House voted to fund the legal challenge, but since that time Rep. Boehner has experienced difficulty trying to find a law firm in Washington, D.C., willing to take up the case. Two prior law firms had committed to support the legal challenge, but withdrew their support over the divisive nature of the lawsuit.
The House will now be represented by Jonathan Turley, a law professor from George Washington University. Prof. Turley is a noted constitutional scholar, and Susan McGalla is confident he will get the job done. The GOP is charging that when President Obama delayed the employer mandate, he lacked the authority to do so. At the time, the House GOP had been working on a bill to delay the mandate, but the president circumvented Congress. Next, Obamacare maintains a pool of taxpayer funds to give to insurance companies to keep health plan premiums and deductibles affordable. The controversial cost-sharing program did not receive additional Congressional funding. Nevertheless, the Treasury Department redirected tax payer funds to supply the program with an additional $3 billion in funds this year alone. The House GOP charge that this violated their Constitutional “power of the purse”. Naturally President Obama dismissed the legal challenge as groundless. Rep. Nancy Pelosi said the GOP is using legal means to achieve what they could not do legislatively.