WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that television’s Judge Judy would throw out the “sham” Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama “in half a second.”
“Republicans have made a decision on a lawsuit against President Obama,” Reid stated Monday on the Senate floor. “It’s difficult to understand how desperate they have become. It’s a show trial. If that’s really what Republicans want, they should go talk to Judge Judy. I think she would throw this case out in half a second.”
House Republicans are planning to sue the president for delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare. Led by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Republicans claim that the delay of the mandate was a violation of the healthcare statute. Furthermore, they also believe that it is an example of Obama exceeding the boundaries of presidential power.
Last week Boehner stated that “the president changed the healthcare law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it.”
He added “that’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”
Employers with more than 50 full-time workers are required to pay a penalty or offer health insurance under the healthcare law. However, employers with between 50 and 99 workers will have until January 2016 to comply with the rule federal health officials announced earlier this year.
House Republicans think that the administration shouldn’t be making those kinds of changes to Obamacare and instead argue that Congress should be.
“If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well,” Boehner said.
Reid thinks that the lawsuit is “meritless.”
“Instead of working with Democrats … Republicans would rather file a foolish and meritless lawsuit,” Reid said. “It’s a sham — an effort to appease the Tea Party radicals.”
Reid explained that Senate Republicans insisted that the employer mandate be included in the healthcare law. He said the House voted for a bill that would have delayed the employer mandate, which is the same action that Obama took through executive order.
“House Republicans voted on legislation that would do the exact same thing,” Reid shared. “So they’re suing him because he did what they wanted him to do.”