2014-07-10T231658Z_1_LYNXMPEA6911N_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

U.S. House Republicans to focus Obama lawsuit on Obamacare

Obama speaks about the economy in Austin, TexasBy Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Republicans said on Thursday they intend to make President Barack Obama’s changes to his signature health insurance law the focus of a forthcoming lawsuit accusing him of overstepping his legal authorities. The House Rules Committee made public a “discussion draft” of legislation to authorize legal action against the president for misusing executive orders and other unilateral actions to advance his agenda. House Speaker John Boehner first announced plans for a House lawsuit against Obama late last month. The draft does not mention specific grievances, but gives Boehner authority to seek injunctive relief for failure by Obama and members of his administration for failure to act in a manner consistent with the Constitution and U.S. laws “with respect to implementation of (including failure to implement) the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Republican lawmakers, who have been trying unsuccessfully to repeal the 2010 law for years, regularly decry the Obama administration’s decision to delay Obamacare coverage mandates and grant various waivers as illegal without congressional approval.

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