President Barack Obama shocked a number of Americans when during a televised speech on Wednesday he accused the House Republicans of being extortionists, according to a number of news organizations.
“You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt ceiling being used to extort a president or a — a governing party,” Obama said to an audience of top business executives who are members of the Business Roundtable association.
"The only difference between Obama’s negotiations with Putin and Boehner then would be that the president would never say the things about Russia’s strongman that he has about the weakened speaker of the House. And that’s very telling indeed," said Fox News Channel's Chris Stirewalt.
But a former police detective is more blunt: "How dare this president with his almost constant 'cover-up mode' accuse his political opponents of a felony? If anyone should be investigated for alleged extortion, it's President Obama and his Chicago machine that's invaded the White House," said Det. Sidney Franes, who also served as a Marine intelligence officer.
In a written statement released on Thursday, the Obama White House delivered a tough message saying the President opposes a GOP bill in the House of Representatives to at least temporarily defund Obama's prized Obamacare, claiming the GOP bill "advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens our economy and the interests of the middle class."
In addition, several Senate Democrats have already claimed they will vote against the Republican remedy to what conservatives allege is a corrupt and misguided healthcare system revamp.
As reported in an Examiner news story, President Obama unilaterally rewrote the law -- without congressional approval -- to delay the so-called “employer mandate,” which was scheduled to go in effect on Jan. 1, 2014, for at least a year. The employer mandate stipulates that companies with over 50 full-time employees must provide healthcare plans for their workers that comply with Obamacare standards.
If they do not, they will be forced to pay a penalty "tax" for each employee not receiving an Obama-approved healthcare plan. The temporary waiver allows companies to save millions of dollars, according to the Examiner story.
However, Judicial Watch notes that the President did not rewrite the Affordable Care Act so that Americans would be eligible for a delay in the implementation of the “individual mandate,” which requires nearly all Americans to have Obama-approved health insurance by that same date or pay a tax penalty.
"Many Americans are caught in the middle. They are obligated to have Obama-approved health insurance, but their employers are not obligated to provide it, at least for another year. As a result, these Americans will be forced to purchase Obama-approved health insurance on an Obamacare-created health insurance exchange or pay the tax penalty. Either way, they’re out-of-pocket," stated officials at Judicial Watch.
In it's press statement, Judicial Watch noted: If you are going to have to purchase Obama-approved health insurance through an Obamacare-created health insurance exchange or pay a tax penalty because your employer, which would have been covered by the employer mandate, is dropping or does not provide health insurance, you may have a claim to challenge President Obama’s unilateral rewriting of the law.
Also on Thursday, the GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner slammed President Barack Obama for his efforts in negotiating with Vladimir Putin while at the same time giving congressional Republicans "the cold shoulder," as he and his rank-and-file lawmakers prepared for a potentially bruising showdown over ObamaCare.
Besides giving out waivers to large corporations for one year, the Obama administration is expected to offer waivers to the AFL-CIO and other labor organizations. It was these large unions who helped Obama pass his Affordable Care Act only to turn around and complain about the law's impact on the unions will be troublesome for workers.