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July 11, 2014


The Pros and Cons of Boehner's Lawsuit

First Read: "By making this lawsuit all about Obamacare, Boehner gets one big narrative win for his party: The political debate will shift back towards the health care law that's so effective at energizing Republicans. And the GOP gets to talk about the legislation rather than vague criticism of Obama's executive orders generally. (Remember, Obama's actually issued far fewer executive orders than predecessors like George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.)"

"But there's a downside too: The lawsuit focuses on the White House's decision to delay the employer mandate, which happened in 2013. If the one-year delay was so egregious, why wait a year to address it with this lawsuit? Perhaps most importantly, Democrats can counter that administrative delays happen all the time in implementing laws. Just look at how the Bush administration took action to waive penalties for low-income seniors who signed up late under the Medicare prescription drug law."












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