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The Obamacare implosion

A number of conservative commentators and writers have been speculating for some time how long it will be from the time it is implemented until Obamacare collapses under the weight of its own poorly-conceived structure.  I think few have anticipated the situation we’ve been witnessing in the past two weeks, where first the administration announces that businesses won’t have to comply with the “employer mandate” until January 2015, and more recently, that the administration won’t be investigating eligibility for Obamacare subsidies, thereby opening the door to massive fraud and abuse.

Although the reasons that the Obama administration is making these changes are cynically transparent to anyone who realizes that the Democrats don’t want to lose big in the 2014 election cycle when voters will have a chance to express their displeasure with Obamacare at the ballot box once again, the more interesting question at the moment concerns the meaning and implications of the administration’s latest maneuvers for its ability to enact policies and govern going forward.

I think some people believe the public is paying closer attention to all this than is most likely the case, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the triumphalism and mockery of the administration’s opponents.  After the last election, it’s refreshing to see the administration increasingly on the defensive over the actions it has taken with regard to its signature piece of legislation.  Even better is getting to watch the likes of Dick Durbin (D-IL) admit that the disastrous bill “needs changes and improvements.”

But beyond getting to see and hear the bill’s defenders feel the heat, it is gratifying to see pieces like this one speculating that the Republicans in Congress may wise up enough about the administration’s actions to finally kill “immigration reform”:

“They have shown no respect for traditional Constitutional separation of powers,” Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., told National Review‘s John Fund about the impact of the Obamacare delays on the immigration debate, “and that makes it difficult to pass laws where the fear is that they will simply ignore the parts they don’t like.”

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who is on the House Judiciary Committee and had been a member of a bipartisan group working on immigration reform, echoed Roe’s concerns on Meet the Press. “In fact, if you look at this Obamacare debacle that they have right now, this administration is actually deciding when and where to actually enforce the law. And that’s what some of us in the House are concerned about. If you give to this administration the authority to decide when they’re going to enforce the law, how they’re going to enforce the law … what’s going to happen is that we’re going to give legalization to 11 million people and Janet Napolitano is going to come to Congress and tell us that the border is already secure and nothing else needs to happen.”

Even the Wall Street Journal is writing about the administration’s actions in language reminiscent of that we saw with the rise of the Tea Party four years ago:

President Obama’s decision last week to suspend the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act may be welcome relief to businesses affected by this provision, but it raises grave concerns about his understanding of the role of the executive in our system of government

Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.

This matter—the limits of executive power—has deep historical roots. During the period of royal absolutism, English monarchs asserted a right to dispense with parliamentary statutes they disliked. King James II’s use of the prerogative was a key grievance that lead to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The very first provision of the English Bill of Rights of 1689—the most important precursor to the U.S. Constitution—declared that “the pretended power of suspending of laws, or the execution of laws, by regal authority, without consent of parliament, is illegal.”

Needless to say we can certainly hope that this lively piece by Tony Katz on Townhall.com is more than just a humorous reflection on the administration’s latest foibles:

For years the Right has said that the Obama Administration was thuggish, was hell bent on revenge, and was vindictive.

The IRS scandal was perhaps the tipping point. At first, The Left tried claimed that not just conservative and tea party groups, but progressives as well had been targeted. But, as the Inspector General’s report showed, that was not the case. Obama’s minions attacked Americans who disagreed with him. The Left knows they voted for hate.

Obama is not the man (messiah) they thought he was. The Left was blinded by his skin color and duped by mainstream media.

But now they know he lies. And now they know he surrounds himself with sycophants, ready and willing to lie for him, in poetry and prose.

Lets not let them ever forget it.

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20 Comments

  1. Just today there is an article in a UK newspaper by doctors stating what we all know: the National Health Care Act in Britain is a total disaster. So why do the citizens of the USA want to duplicate this health crime?

    Comment by Mike — July 11, 2013 @ 5:24 am - July 11, 2013

  2. So why do the citizens of the USA want to duplicate this health crime?

    We don’t

    Comment by My Sharia Moor — July 11, 2013 @ 7:12 am - July 11, 2013

  3. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.

    Barack Cartman Obama.

    Comment by eeyore — July 11, 2013 @ 7:16 am - July 11, 2013

  4. “the pretended power of suspending of laws, or the execution of laws, by regal authority, without consent of parliament, is illegal.”

    Dwell on that.

    Our brilliant Constitution was written by men who were well schooled in the English Bill of Rights, yet they “failed” to include this specific issue. Why?

    The separation of powers and the division of powers and the system of checks and balances between the branches is spelled out and inferred in the entire structure of the Constitution. Therefore, the assumption is that every branch will obey the law and the supreme law is the Constitution.

    No mere document can force anything on anyone. The Constitution doesn’t run the affairs of state, people run the affairs of state. If the people running the affairs of state have no honor, the Constitution be damned.

    Obama was hyped by his sycophantic pals in the slobbering press as being a “Constitutional scholar.” (He is not.) But that fabrication has to mean that he knows exactly what he doing vis a vis the Constitution and by implication whatever he is doing is “Constitutional.” Bull feathers. Ignoring the Constitution takes no scholar or even moderately intelligent bully: anyone can ignore the Constitution.

    However, as the first black president, Obama has Trayvon Martin sainthood attached to his essence and being. [Correction: first black liberal president.]

    Therefore, President Obama’s behavior is unimpeachable, both figuratively and literally.

    2014 is the last great match-up in the Obama sweepstakes. If he can get the House back he is free to go full Morsi on the Constitution, the sheeple and the fundamental change of the republic into a one-party political machine.

    Picture Pelosi, Schumer, Durbin, Leahy, Waters, etc. being empowered to skip the lip-service and go straight for the jugular. It would be like Detroit, California, and Illinois at the national level.

    The IRS would be the junk yard dog. States that didn’t comply would be punished. Vigorish would be the coin of the realm. Endless shocks of funny money would fly everywhere. What a dreamscape.

    Comment by heliotrope — July 11, 2013 @ 9:21 am - July 11, 2013

  5. Picture Pelosi, Schumer, Durbin, Leahy, Waters, etc. being empowered to skip the lip-service and go straight for the jugular. It would be like Detroit, California, and Illinois at the national level.

    The IRS would be the junk yard dog. States that didn’t comply would be punished. Vigorish would be the coin of the realm. Endless shocks of funny money would fly everywhere. What a dreamscape.

    You’re being ridiculously optimistic, helio.

    Comment by My Sharia Moor — July 11, 2013 @ 9:27 am - July 11, 2013

  6. Typical for this truly-Orwellian administration, “…the law is the law, except when it’s inconvenient for us. (read as the Administration) But we’ll punish you (the taxpaying citizen) anyway for not following it anyway.”

    As a self-employed person, I’m to be taxed/fined for not buying health insurance when there’s no Federal insurance exchange in-place here…and the private insurers haven’t written individual coverage here in years.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — July 11, 2013 @ 9:54 am - July 11, 2013

  7. I believe that political discussions would be much easier if those on the right jettisoned this quaint idea that leftists have good intentions. I’m more afraid of powerful cynics who want our health care system (however that may be construed) to fail in order to assume complete control rather than their useful idiots who are actually gullible enough to believe this Affordable Care Act could have achieved its allegedly worthy goals, even if Americans aren’t worthy enough to ensure its success, or those who simply are lining up for what they think their fellow countrymen owe them.

    I recently asked a liberal friend of mine about the Obamacare waivers that are being granted and he responded that I needed to give it time to succeed. What he really meant (whether he knows it or not) is that I need to give it time to fail so that a single-payer system can be offered as a viable option to the chaos that has been created by this necessary progression.

    I don’t want a health care system. I want a free market and that is the antithesis of a system.

    Comment by Ignatius — July 11, 2013 @ 10:50 am - July 11, 2013

  8. Ignatius wrote: I believe that political discussions would be much easier if those on the right jettisoned this quaint idea that leftists have good intentions.

    I’d have to agree with you there. Unfortunately, there are too many people in the leadership of the Republican Party who seem determined to live up to the reputation of being the so-called “stupid party” by consistently denying that fact.

    Comment by Kurt — July 11, 2013 @ 11:27 am - July 11, 2013

  9. This administration is shutting down swimming pools on military bases… blaming it on “The Sequester.”

    Meanwhile, they are spending $150 Million to get people signed up for ObamaCare (Because it will be harder to kill once it’s an entitlement.)

    Priorities.

    Comment by V the K — July 11, 2013 @ 10:13 pm - July 11, 2013

  10. Only another 1200 days of this so called leader of the free world.

    Comment by davinci — July 11, 2013 @ 11:40 pm - July 11, 2013

  11. While reading the comments about “the left”, it suddenly occured to me that after listening to Rush Limbaugh for 25 years, he has always been careful to separate “the left” politicians in D.C. from “the left” common everyday folk. I always agreed with him but now I’m not so sure. Most of the gay male liberals that I know fall right in line with the D.C. politicians. Anything and everything is ok if it hurts conservativism or wins them a battle against the right, whether or not their action is legal or ethical. The ends always justify the means.

    Comment by Eddie Swaim — July 12, 2013 @ 1:03 am - July 12, 2013

  12. Ann Coulter on the Sean Hannity Show – George Zimmerman Trial…

    http://commoncts.blogspot.com/2013/07/video-ann-coulter-on-zimmerman-coverage.html

    Comment by Steve — July 12, 2013 @ 7:01 am - July 12, 2013

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  14. And if the Zimmerman trial hasn’t quite whetted your appetite for contemplating race and social justice, perhaps this will.

    Comment by Ignatius — July 12, 2013 @ 5:34 pm - July 12, 2013

  15. I´m late! However, not too late to say tha Obamacare is finished. NOw that labor unions, once his big supporters and of his Affordable Care Act, have done a 180º turn around. Now that reality has hit them in the face they have turned against Obama and the center piece of his administration and have expressed their anger to members of the Democrat Party. The unions just handed the Republican Party a gift. If the Republican Party is astute enough to use this in the 2014 campaign, they should make great gains in both chambers, making President Obama, a thoroughly lame duck for the final two years of his term. He could use the time to perfect his golf game, visit The View, and do some schtick on late night tv.

    Comment by Roberto — July 13, 2013 @ 1:03 pm - July 13, 2013

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  17. Roberto @15: from your lips to G-d’s ears.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — July 13, 2013 @ 6:02 pm - July 13, 2013

  18. Roberto’s point about Obama’s union problem and the Affordable Care Act is really about how takers do not want any of the burden.

    Unions have long since ceased to be heroic and have become shakedown artists who up the vigorish until they kill the Twinkles and the Ho Ho’s and the Hostess Cupcakes.

    God help the unions if they should have pay any part of the Affordable Care Act. They are the permanent beneficiaries of handouts while giving nothing in return.

    Comment by heliotrope — July 14, 2013 @ 9:57 am - July 14, 2013

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