The House of Representatives is currently in the midst of a lawsuit against Obamacare, and the president is not happy about it.
Attorneys for the Obama administration have now asked a judge to dismiss the case, claiming congress used “novel and invalid legal theories” to try to overturn the law. The lawyers also say that representatives have overestimated the harm that Obamacare would do.
“Federal courts sit only to decide actual cases and controversies, not abstract claims of legislative power,” the attorneys told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The lawsuit accuses Obama of purposely delaying much of Obamacare’s plans and of paying insurers federal funds without the approval of congress. The Department of Justice, however, claims that the Republicans have no case because they haven’t been directly harmed.
“The executive branch does not harm the House in any concrete and particularized way simply by interpreting and administering legislation enacted by a previous Congress in a manner with which the current House disagrees — whether the House labels that disagreement as ‘nullification’ or otherwise,” the brief from the Department of Justice read.
Obama’s little plan to get the case dismissed hasn’t worked, at least not yet. It’s looking like Obama might not be able to weasel his way out of this one, and he may go to court after all.