Provision after provision has been compromised, delayed or negated in the Affordable Care Act since its disastrous roll out in early October, 2013.
Is it legal?
The architect of the miserable roll out, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (the woman they could not fire), said the Affordable Care Act “was passed and signed three years ago. It was upheld by the Supreme Court over a year ago. The president was re-elected. This is the law of the land.”
Then how does Obama get to override laws passed by Congress? Is he now our king?
Recently at a rare press conference, Fox News’s Ed Henry asked President Obama, “If you pick and choose what parts of the law to implement, couldn’t your successor down the road pick and choose whether to implement your law and keep it in place?”
A stunned and clearly shaken president used to the softest of soft questions from the compliant mainstream media answered, “in a normal political environment it would be easier to call up the speaker to introduce technical changes in the law. But there is no normal in Obamacare, and besides. I have executive authority to change.”
This was the answer from a former constitutional law professor.
The Constitution clearly stipulates that Congress has the power to write laws, which the president must faithfully execute. What would be the response if a “President Romney” simply announced that he wasn’t going to administer Obamacare?
It is now obvious to everyone who is not rabidly ideological that the employer mandate kills jobs and weekly hours for workers. The lowering of verification standards for subsidies is a backdoor way to buy the business of this country’s young people who might not otherwise qualify.
The ongoing delays don’t come close to fixing the inevitable problems; gloom of uncertainty that has cast a dark shadow over the nation’s economy. They just delay the day of reckoning until (for the Democrats), hopefully after the midterm \elections in November.
What tricks will Obama pull out of his hat then?
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