GOP Rep. Tom Marino Wants to File ‘Criminal Charges’ Against Obama for Delaying Health Care Law

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., claims he is searching for a way to file criminal charges against President Barack Obama after the administration said it would delay enactment of the employer responsibility provision in the Affordable Care Act.

In early July, the administration said the provision would be left off until 2015 to give businesses with more than 50 workers more time to comply with the new law and “convene employers, insurers and experts to propose a smart system.”

The Treasury Department defended the delay citing the “longstanding administrative authority to grant transition relief when implementing new legislation.” But Republicans still criticized the move.

In a radio interview Thursday, Marino even accused Attorney General Eric Holder of not doing his job.

“If the chief law enforcer of the country … will not enforce the law, and the president decides to break the law because he doesn’t like it, there has to be another mechanism by which we in Congress can kick into gear, pursue this, see if there are criminal charges we can file,” Marino said during a Scranton interview on 94.3 “The Talker.”

He had worse things to say about Obama.

“We’re beyond the point of showing that he’s incompetent," Marino said. "He’s no leader. He really doesn’t care about where this country’s going unless it’s his plan, so we have to step up.”

Marino believes the next step is to “approach leadership and say we need to appoint a special committee like there was in Watergate that has authority to subpoena people, that has authority to investigate; and, I’m looking for a part of a statute that says we have the authority to indict.”

Sources: Times Leader, Think Progress