President Obama suffered a major setback when House Speaker John Boehner and the congressional Republicans push to dismantle Obamacare scored a judicial victory this week. A federal judge determined that the U.S. House of Representatives has legal standing on which to pursue a constitutional challenge to the Obama administration.
According to CNN, the issue before U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer related to Obama’s implementation of a federal reimbursement program that would repay insurers forced to reduce costs for low-income enrollees. According to House Speaker John Boehner, the White House failed to obtain the legislative approval needed to enforce such a provision.
Boehner reacted to the ruling, stating that he is “pleased” that the judge upheld previous rulings that the House “does, in fact, have standing to challenge one of the president’s unilateral actions with regard to Obamacare.”
He went on to express his belief that it represents “another step toward holding the president accountable for his unconstitutional actions.”
While attorneys representing the Obama administration have already criticized the ruling and have announced their intention to appeal it, Collyer stood by her decision.
“Suffice it to say,” she asserted, “the Court is not convinced it erred. Defendants will have a chance to make their arguments to the Court of Appeals; the only question is whether they may do so now.”