In a move related to what they see as President Obama's continual flouting of the Constitution, House Republicans have voted to sue the president in federal court over the changes his administration made to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without the authorization of Congress.
The focus of the lawsuit will be the Shared Responsibility Provision of the ACA — the so-called "play or pay" provision requiring large employers to offer health insurance or pay a fine to the government. By letter of the ACA, the provision was to have kicked in this past Jan. 1, but the administration has delayed its implementation twice. It will now phase in over two years beginning next Jan. 1.
The largely party-line vote to sue was 225-201.
Democrats have vowed to make the lawsuit a campaign issue by intimating Republicans will impeach Obama after the November elections. House Speaker John Boehner denies the allegation.
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