Administration Faces Monday Deadline On Health Lawsuit
Los Angeles Times: Obama Administration Must Make Risky Healthcare Decision
Obama administration lawyers face a decision by Monday that carries a high political risk and will probably determine whether the Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of the healthcare law before next year's presidential election. ... Under the appeals court's rules, the Justice Department must notify the 11th Circuit by Monday whether it will seek a full court review. In recent weeks, lawyers on both sides of the case have been speculating on whether Obama's legal team is eager to get the healthcare dispute before the Supreme Court soon, even if it means risking an embarrassing defeat for the president as he seeks reelection (Savage, 9/25).
Meanwhile, some Republican lawmakers continue to question the waivers that the Obama administration used in implementing the health law.
The Hill: Republicans Vow To Keep Health Law Waiver Controversy Alive
GOP lawmakers want to make sure that health law waivers remain the gift that keeps on giving. Obama administration officials hope their decision to end controversial exemptions for businesses and unions this past week will mute the barrage of monthly criticism they've been getting for the past year. Don't hold your breath, Republicans say (Pecquet, 9/25).