U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer denied the Obama administration’s request to appeal the decision the U.S. House of Representatives has legal standing to sue over allegedly improper implementation of the ACA, The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog reported.
- The allegations state the Obama administration is inappropriately spending funds Congress never earmarked for the ACA’s cost-sharing provisions.
Collyer, in her denial, stated the review might take longer than deciding the case.
Last month, Collyer decided that the House had legal standing to bring House v. Burwell to court.
According to The New York Times’s First Draft, the Obama administration has argued the standing decision has far-reaching implications enough to immediately take to an appeals court. However, Collyer did not back down and is quoted by The WSJ stating, “Having considered the issue carefully, the Court is confident that the D.C. Circuit will be best served by reviewing a complete record on standing and the merits.”
The WSJ notes the Obama administration can make a last ditch effort by making an emergency request directly to the appeals court but that such successful petitions are rare.