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WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion inemergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times andfalsified records covering up delays.

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House Speaker John Boehner made his case for suing President Barack Obama to implement the Obamacare employer mandate, saying he chose that issue because it gives Republicans the best chance of success in court.

"On the advice of legal experts, the House action will focus on his decision to extend — twice — the deadline to institute the employer mandate in his health care law. We believe this targeted lawsuit offers the best chance of success," the Ohio Republican wrote in an op-ed for USA Today published online Sunday.

He added: "The fact we agree with a change that should have been made in law makes this case clearer to the court."

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