The stage is set for the next high-profile legal fight over Obamacare.
A federal district judge on Wednesday delivered a blow to the Obama administration, ruling that the House Republican lawsuit against ObamaCare can move forward.
"The Court concludes that the House has standing to pursue those constitutional claims," Judge Rosemary Collyer wrote in a 43-page decision.
The ruling is an early victory for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has repeatedly touted the lawsuit to his conference. It also gives new hope to Republicans who have been stymied so far in their efforts to dismantle the five-year-old healthcare law.
"I am grateful to the Court for ruling that this historic overreach can be challenged by the coequal branch of government with the sole power to create or change the law," Boehner wrote in a statement Wednesday.
Still, the court cautioned that Wednesday's ruling should not be seen as a sign that either side will win the case: "The Court stresses that the merits have not been briefed or decided; only the question of standing has been determined."
The Obama administration plans to immediately appeal the decision.