Republican lawmakers bashed the Obama administration at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday for opting not to enforce core parts of the Affordable Care Act, such as minimum requirements for individual healthcare plans.
Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.), the chairman of the Judiciary panel’s Constitution and Civil Justice subcommittee, said Congress should sue the administration to spur Obama to enforce the healthcare law as written.
“I think that’s the only choice we have, and that’s not just on ObamaCare, that’s on a host of different things,” Franks told The Hill.
“He simply embodies a breathtaking arrogance that ignores the law he’s sworn to uphold.”
Remember, these were the same guys that thought the Bush/Cheney "plenary executive" was awesome, and that the President could basically do whatever he wanted. Now that Obama is in the White House, note the key word "arrogance" that Trent Franks uses. That Obama boy, he's uppity. Gotta be brought down, gotta be put in his place, so we're going to sue him on every executive decision we don't like. At the very least, the plan is to get a federal judge to tie up Obamacare in the courts again until the President is out of the White House.
And if they can do it with Obamacare, they can do it with everything else. Imagine the White House crippled by lawsuits on everything, and the whim of Anthony Kennedy deciding where to break a 4-4 tie.
I'm betting this happens and soon.
On the other hand, Republicans do have a plan B if this doesn't work.
At Tuesday’s hearing, the committee chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), accused Obama of “picking and choosing which laws to enforce” and of being “the first president since Richard Nixon to ignore a duly enacted law simply because he disagrees with it.”
Contributed [GOP Rep. Lamar] Smith: “The president has ignored laws, failed to enforce laws, undermined laws and changed laws, all contrary to the Constitution.”
The majority’s witnesses added to the accusations. George Washington University’s Jonathan Turley said Obama had “claimed the right of the king to essentially stand above the law.”
This excited Franks, who embraced impeachment back in 2011. Obama’s actions, he said, “could be considered royal prerogatives, which is, if my history’s right, what we had that little unpleasantness with Great Britain about.”
Yikes! Why bother with impeachment? They need a revolution.
But of course, Republicans are rational actors in this scenario, and not complete lunatics.