Guest Editorial…GOP unjustified in suing Obama

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A planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama is totally unjustified.

House Republicans are seeking to sue the president because his actions carrying out his health care law allegedly exceed his powers.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he wants to take legal action because Obama has abused his authority to carry out laws Congress approves, specifically by delaying the 2010 health care law requirement that many employers provide medical coverage for workers.

Responding to complaints from business groups, Obama has twice delayed the employer mandate section of the health care law. The law requires companies with 50 or more employees working 30 or more hours a week to offer health care coverage or pay fines. It exempts small businesses with fewer than 50 workers.

The requirement was initially to take effect this year. Companies with 50 to 99 employees now have until 2016 to comply, while bigger companies have until next year.

This week lawyers backing the litigation against the president appeared before the House Rules Committee, which is considering Republican-written legislation authorizing the House to file the lawsuit.

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