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House Republicans Sue Obama Over President's Signature Healthcare Law

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A Man walks out of Leading Insurance Agency after enrolling in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on February 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images, file)

By    |   Friday, 21 Nov 2014 01:33 PM

House Republicans sued Obama and his administration this week, claiming that the president sidestepped his legal authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law.

GOP lawmakers filed the lawsuit in federal district court in Washington Friday, the morning after President Barack Obama announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for millions of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally, according to The Associated Press. While Republicans complained that Obama had unconstitutionally exceeded his powers with those actions, the suit filed Friday did not address immigration.

"If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well," House Speaker John Boehner said in a written statement announcing the lawsuit. "The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action."

The House authorized the lawsuit in a near party-line vote in July as congressional re-election campaigns were heating up. Democrats said Obama had acted legally and said the GOP measure was a political stunt aimed at motivating conservatives to vote and distracting them from calls by some to go even further and impeach the president.

The lawsuit was filed Friday against the departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury.

It accuses Obama of unlawfully delaying the healthcare law's requirement that many employers provide healthcare coverage for their workers.

It also accuses him of illegally making $175 billion in payments to insurance companies from a federal account that is not authorized for that purpose.

Congressional Republicans have all opposed the healthcare overhaul. The GOP-led House has voted over 50 times to repeal it or pare it back.

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