Judge allows unusual House GOP lawsuit against president to proceed

If Collyer, a judicial appointee of President George W. In the past, courts have regularly said lawmakers do not have standing to turn their political fights into legal battles.

cCommentsKeep digging that hole, Republicans. Other experts say the insurance companies could turn to a federal claims court to seek reimbursements.

From there, the case could move to the Supreme Court. Boehner, and it is likely to be seen as endorsing the GOP’s view that Obama overstepped his authority.

In a statement, Boehner said he was “grateful to the court for ruling that this historic overreach can be challenged by the coequal branch of government with the sole power to create or change the law. You’ll find the bottom by November 2016.raschumacherat 9:21 PM September 09, 2015Add a commentSee all comments23

Last summer, when the House voted to sue Obama, many legal experts predicted the suit would be tossed at the first stage. She told lawyers she would hear arguments in the fall on whether the administration’s action violated the Constitution.

Despite the setback, health law experts do not see this case as posing a major challenge to the future of Obama’s healthcare law. Collyer noted that the House claimed it would suffer an “institutional injury” if the president and his aides could spend money on their own authority.

House Republicans won the opening round in a lawsuit against President Obama over their claim that his administration spent money for health insurers under the Affordable Care Act without receiving needed approval by Congress.

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Law professor Jonathan Turley, the lead counsel for the House, said the judge’s ruling means the court will decide “an issue that drives to the very heart of our constitutional system: the control of the legislative branch over the power of the purse.”

U.S. Boehner had first alleged that Obama’s aides had violated the law when they waived several deadlines under the Affordable Care Act.

The Constitution “could not be more clear: ‘No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of Appropriations made by Law’,” she said, quoting a key provision. Unless the dispute moves with unusual speed, a final decision might not come until after Obama has left office.. The president’s unilateral change to Obamacare was unprecedented and outside the powers granted to his office under our Constitution.”

“The law is clear that Congress cannot try to settle garden variety disputes with the executive branch in court,” said Deputy Press Secretary Jen Friedman. “This case is just another partisan attack — this one, paid for by the taxpayers — and we believe the courts will ultimately dismiss it.”

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So far, the administration has spent $4 billion, and the total spending is expected to reach $175 billion over a decade.

The Affordable Care Act said these insurers would be reimbursed for waiving copayments and other costs for these new policyholders, but it did not make clear whether this money would be provided automatically or instead would require an annual appropriation from Congress.

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The White House said it would seek an immediate appeal.

Many lawyers saw the House suit as unprecedented. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled Wednesday that the lawmakers have the legal standing to sue.

After the Republican-led House refused to appropriate money, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell decided the reimbursements were mandatory under the law and could be provided despite the lack of an appropriation.

But more recently, the lawyers for the House focused on a little-known dispute over how to reimburse health insurers who take on more low-income policyholders.

Judge allows unusual House GOP lawsuit against president to proceed – LA Times

Her ruling is only the first step, however. If spending for the reimbursements were cut off, insurers might have to raise premiums somewhat. Bush, were to decide in favor of the House on the merits, Obama’s lawyers would appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where Democratic appointees are in the majority.


Nonetheless, Collyer’s initial ruling is a victory for House Speaker John A. “Neither the president nor his officers can authorize appropriations; the assent of the House of Representatives is required before any public monies are spent.”

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The judge rejected pleas by Obama’s lawyers to dismiss the House lawsuit on the grounds it involved a political dispute, not a legal one