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September 3, 2015

House Plans Vote on Suing Obama Over Health Care Law


Obama, speaking at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on Wednesday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Republicans are preparing to vote on a resolution that would pave the way for the House to sue President Barack Obama over his executive actions to delay parts of the Affordable Care Act.

The House Rules Committee on Thursday began to lay the procedural groundwork for a vote by the full House next week on a resolution offered by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, that authorizes a lawsuit on behalf of the House against the administration’s delay in the enforcement of the employer insurance mandate contained in the 2010 health care overhaul law.

CQ Roll Call’s Emma Dumain reported on the raucous Rules Committee session, which featured two hours of political wrangling over the lawsuit plan and other topics. Both parties accused the other of playing politics with the vote.

At one point, Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts accused his GOP counterparts of acting out of “hatred” for the president and called the Republicans “cuckoo clocks,” Dumain reports. “I’ll come up with a better word if I can think of one,” McGovern replied after Sessions, chairman of the Rules Committee, asked him to refrain from such name-calling.


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  1. Carroll Barber

    July 29, 2014
    11:48 a.m.

    It is what it is! :)

    • Shamboodatay

      Nov. 14, 2014
      3:29 p.m.

      Yepp. The planets first and only Fourth Word burning circus.

  2. partafamilias trippi

    July 30, 2014
    2:16 p.m.

    Classical example of sore and bad losers…

  3. apu

    Nov. 6, 2014
    12:27 p.m.

    Classic example of a horrible health care law forced on the american people by a select few that “know what is best for everyone”. Thank god that the Republicans took over

    • John Doe

      Nov. 12, 2014
      7:18 a.m.

      Right. The Republicans will wipe out ISIS, cure Ebola, lower unemployment and taxes, balance the budget, raise student IQ’s and expand the middle class.

      • Midas Miser

        Nov. 19, 2014
        3:15 p.m.

        You got it. Although, in your case, the IQ thing may be a bit of a stretch.

        • John Doe

          Nov. 20, 2014
          9:43 p.m.

          You may have a point. It may be harder to improve someone with an IQ of 150. Btw, have you ever taken an IQ exam, and if so, care to share it? I am surveying the average IQ of news trolls.

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    Nov. 11, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

  5. Midas Miser

    Nov. 19, 2014
    3:18 p.m.

    Bad concept from the beginning. You can force a combination of government mandated health care with for-profit medical and insurance companies. All costs will go up and the feds will write more hot checks to subsidize the increases. Brought to you by our federal government, who couldn’t balance a budget to save their lives….

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