Nancy Pelosi’s first move as Speaker will a public stand on saving Obamacare by intervening in court case where judge struck it down as unconstitutional
- The push is included in House rules package for new Congress
- Authorizes speaker to intervene in Texas v. United States
- Case led to a federal judge in Texas saying Obamacare without its mandate is unconstitutional
- Can take other steps to protect provisions on people with preexisting conditions
Incoming likely speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying down a marker that newly-empowered Democrats will go to court to protect Obamacare, in one of the first acts of the Democratic-run House.
Pelosi, who stands for election on Thursday, has assembled a new rules package that specifically commits the House to a legal case that has once again thrown President Obama’s signature health plan into jeopardy.
Pelosi helped marshall through Obamcare during her first term as speaker. Now, the new rules package that the Democratic House will codify in their traditional first legislative action, will specifically authorize the House to intervene in the case.
A section titled ‘LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT’ authorizes Pelosi or whomever is elected speaker ‘to intervene, otherwise appear, or take any other steps, in the case of Texas v. United States … and in any appellate proceedings arising from such case.’