House Republicans came to an agreement on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a lawsuit against President Barack Obama.
Republicans in the House are suing for what they say has been inadequate enforcement of the health care law. They’re also claiming that Obama has unilaterally delayed deadlines under Obamacare.
“This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold,” Boehner said.
President Obama dismissed the lawsuit, as it’s a waste of time and taxpayers dollars. At a speech in Kansas City, Mo., he said, “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on”.
A lot of people are curious as to why Republicans didn’t reach for an impeachment. The way I see it is, a lawsuit is a lot less messy, and a lot more direct. In terms of all the potential political risks that come along with impeachment, they felt attacking one specific complaint will give them their best chance at victory in court.
Despite what House Speaker Boehner says about this being solely about defending the Constitution, the intent behind the lawsuit just feels malicious and more so of a publicity stunt than integrity.
Philadelphia Trial Attorney Jennifer Brandt, agreed and had this to say, “The idea of a lawsuit at the juncture, before mid-term elections, is clearly a political move intended to provide distraction. The real issue is the stalemate between the Republicans and Democrats. A lawsuit will not cure this.”
Attorney Chip Merlin, President of Merlin Law Group shared his thoughts on the matter. Saying, “So, this may be a lot more of a publicity stunt made close to an upcoming election rather than a significant legal decision which impacts what the current President can do for the remainder of his time in office.”
Either way, Boehner is facing a tough road ahead. Whether or not he’ll be able to achieve “standing” will be his first test.