President Obama calls Republican plans to bring a lawsuit against him over his signature health care law a ''political stunt.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday (July 12) to urge Congress to join him in helping working and middle class Americans. He spoke about a college junior named Elizabeth Cooper whom he met on his trips to Colorado and Texas last week. "She said she feels not significant enough to be addressed, not poor enough for people to be worried about and not rich enough to be cared about," Obama said. "I ran for President to fight for Americans just like Elizabeth," said Obama. Obama went on to blame Republicans in Congress for blocking his ideas to strengthen the middle class, such as lifting the minimum wage and student loan reform. "The Republican plan right now is not to do some of this work with me, instead, it's to sue me," Obama said. "It's a political stunt that's going to waste months of America's time. And by the way, they're going to pay for it using your hard-earned tax dollars," he said. House Republicans said on Thursday (July 10) they intend to make President Obama's changes to his signature health insurance law the focus of a forthcoming lawsuit, accusing him of overstepping his legal authorities. Republican lawmakers, who have been trying unsuccessfully to repeal the 2010 law for years, regularly decry the Obama administration's decision to delay Obamacare coverage mandates and grant various waivers as illegal without congressional approval. The moves comes less than four months before congressional elections in which Republicans are trying to expand their House majority and wrest control of the Senate from Obama's fellow Democrats. "I have a better idea," Obama said in his address. "Do something, Congress, do anything to help working Americans."