Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday accused President Obama of using his power to pick and choose who must follow the law.
Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, pinned his argument to recent delays announced by the administration to Mr. Obama’s signature health care law.
The White House quietly announced last week it would delay by one year, to 2015, the penalties associated with the employer mandate to provide health insurance in the new law.
The mandate requires employers with 50 or more workers to offer adequate health insurance or pay hefty fines.
Republicans, who decry all aspects of Obamacare, say the delay is a welcome reprieve for businesses but should be made permanent for all Americans affected by the contentious reforms.
“But the fact is, for now at least, it’s the law,” Mr. McConnell said. “And it is the president’s constitutional duty to enforce the law. Yet, instead of fulfilling this basic duty of his office, the president seems to believe he gets to decide who is subject to the law and who gets a pass.”
Mr. McConnell said it isn’t right for only one group to have “their Obamacare sentences delayed.”
“Maybe next week it will be some other group,” Mr. McConnell said. “But it’s his call. He’ll decide what the law is.”