White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the administration has not yet decided whether to appeal a new court ruling challenging the so-called Obamacare health plan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The White House said on Thursday the U.S. Department of Justice was still deciding whether to appeal a court ruling challenging President Barack Obama's healthcare law, but a spokesman predicted Republicans ultimately would lose the fight. "This suit represents the first time in our nation's history that Congress has been permitted to sue the executive branch over a disagreement about how to interpret a statute," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a briefing. "It's unfortunate that Republicans have resorted to a taxpayer-funded lawsuit to re-fight a political fight that they keep losing," he added. "They've been losing this fight for six years and they'll lose it again." His comments came shortly after a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday in favor of congressional Republicans who challenged the implementation of the healthcare law, arguing that the administration cannot spend funds Congress did not appropriate.