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President Obama Unilaterally Rewrites Obamacare - Again
Judicial Watch.org ^ | November 15, 2013 | Tom Fitton, Ptresident, Judicial Watch

Posted on 11/17/2013 3:41:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

He did it again. Facing a deluge of criticism for lying about the fact that his Obamacare law would cause health insurance plans to become cancelled for millions of Americans, President Obama has decided once again to thwart Congress, chuck the U.S. Constitution out the door and rewrite the law.

As reported by The Washington Times:

President Obama turned to prosecutorial discretion yet again Thursday as he tried an end run around Congress, claiming unilateral authority to let companies continue to offer health care plans under Obamacare even if those plans violate his namesake law.

It’s the latest example of the White House trying to work around Congress and instead take action on its own, and in this case it comes as Mr. Obama seeks to stop a wholesale abandonment of his health law by Democrats who have watched the rocky rollout.

Here’s how this new scheme works. The Obama Department of Health and Human Services has notified the nation’s state insurance commissioners that they now have federal permission to allow consumrs who already have insurance policies that do not meet the requirements of Obamacare to keep them through 2014. (At least one state commissioner rejected the president’s offer within hours of its announcement.)

This is not the law passed by Congress and signed by the president. This is a brand new law, crafted by Obama to deflect criticism for the terrible consequences of his terrible health care overhaul. It is, “extralegal” as noted by the Weekly Standard, to say the least.

And if this outrageous abuse of power was supposed to calm the nerves of Democrats, it failed. Democrats in Congress are pushing forward with dubious legislative fixes of their own, while a number of liberal power brokers, including Howard Dean, wondered aloud if President Obama had the authority to change the law. (As I said; he didn’t.)

If it was supposed to elicit the support of health insurers, it failed. “Changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the (Obamacare) law could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums,” Karen Ignagni, president of the industry trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), said in a statement.

As CBS News pointed out, the president’s act of extralegal desperation represents a massive flip-flop: “The president’s stance on the matter has shifted significantly in the past few weeks – while he has now apologized for the issue and has acknowledged it is a problem, he initially suggested that he wasn’t breaking his promise.”

Obama maintained this defensive posture, perhaps hoping the press would bail him out, until the dam broke and the flood of criticism proved too much for the president and his apologists to overcome.

This is now an established modus operandi for this president. When he runs into trouble, he first looks for the sympathetic press to defend him. And when the problem is too big for them, he does whatever it takes to win back favor – rule of law be danged.

We saw this when he delayed the “employer mandate” provision of Obamacare to avoid catastrophic political results on Election Day 2013. (JW filed a lawsuit on behalf of Florida orthodontist Dr. Larry Kawa over the president’s flagrant constitutional overreach.)

The last straw was when members of the Democratic Party, led by Bill Clinton, turned tail and sprinted away from the president over Obamacare. And who could blame them? Look at the dismal numbers as reported by Breitbart. Only 27,000 “enrolled” via the federal healthcare exchange – a number that overstates the number of those who actually purchased insurance. Let me put it this way, there will be more of you who read this email than the number of Americans who purchased Obamacare through its $637 million train wreck of a site.

Yet seven million were expected to lose their health insurance by year’s end. In fact, five million had already received cancellation notices by the time Obama decided to ride in and “save the day” with his unconstitutional power grab.

The Obamacare rollout has been disastrous from the start – characterized by website “glitches,” outright lies, broken promises and desperate calls from the Obama White House for consultants to come clean up the mess – at taxpayers’ expense, of course.

Folks, all of this was an inevitability. JW opposed Obamacare from the start because we felt it was unconstitutional, unwise, and unsound. Nonetheless, the president managed to ram it through Congress and squeak it past the United States Supreme Court (thank you, Chief Justice Roberts). And, as it stands today, it is the law of the land.

But there could be a silver lining in these latest developments. As I noted with our lawsuit for Dr. Larry Kawa against the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate, the best way to ensure the repeal of a bad law is to enforce it vigorously – to paraphrase former President Ulysses S. Grant.

Now supporters of the president, and Obamacare, are forced to live with the law and all of its disastrous consequences, the president’s last-ditch, face-saving attempt notwithstanding. This isn’t over.

I want you to know that Judicial Watch has launched a comprehensive investigation into the Obamacare rollout fiasco. We have filed more than a dozen Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with government agencies including the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the White House Office of Health Reform demanding public documents on issues including the design; deployment and testing of the Healthcare.gov website; the security of personal information on that website; the involvement of the insurance industry in planning the rollout; and the involvement of Organizing for America, Obama’s personal political organization, a designated “champion for coverage” in the rollout phase.

And all that just scratches the surface of our Obamacare accountability effort. Stay tuned….


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Government; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: abortion; constitution; deathpanels; howarddean; obama; obamacare; zerocare

1 posted on 11/17/2013 3:41:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
next up hillarycare

yes... that was the plan since day one




2 posted on 11/17/2013 3:48:32 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Tom Fitton, Ptresident, Judicial Watch

He's the PTRESIDENT!


3 posted on 11/17/2013 3:48:46 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Disaster though this may be....IMO we still have four or five iterations of 0bama et al acting like caged animals, and there’s no predicting how chaotic things may get while those happen. This ain’t over.


4 posted on 11/17/2013 3:49:38 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: humblegunner

Damn, I wish I were perfect, like you!


5 posted on 11/17/2013 3:50:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Democrat whopper equivalency in the annals of the history of lies

You will get to keep your health plan = I never had sex with that woman.


6 posted on 11/17/2013 3:52:14 PM PST by chuckee
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To: DLfromthedesert; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


7 posted on 11/17/2013 4:00:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, copy-and-paste is hard.


8 posted on 11/17/2013 4:03:19 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He got away with his other exercises of "prosecutorial discretion" (dream act amnesty, drug laws) because it involved federal enforcement, and nobody else had standing. E.g., when states tried to enforce immigration law, the courts stopped them.

But this extension of old ins. policies in violation of Obamacare is different. These insurance contracts can be challenged by individuals in court, where the written law applies, and Obama's prosecutorial discretion is irrelevant.

9 posted on 11/17/2013 4:05:46 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: humblegunner

That’s the thing, I didn’t copy and paste it, I wrote it in, which I do about 30% of the time. You’re illustrating what happens when one assumes.


10 posted on 11/17/2013 4:06:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I wrote it in, which I do about 30% of the time.

Which is why it's screwed up, huh?

11 posted on 11/17/2013 4:07:55 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Apparently. What was it like, being born in a manger and getting gifts from those wise men?


12 posted on 11/17/2013 4:09:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It was awesome from what I’m told.
Gifts all got stolen and the pictures all suck.

Now.. back to why you prefer to write garbage rather than simply copy something...


13 posted on 11/17/2013 4:13:25 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

Very tough crowd around here this evening.

:D


14 posted on 11/17/2013 4:18:04 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: humblegunner

15 posted on 11/17/2013 4:22:20 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: humblegunner

Do you own this website? If not, bugger off!


17 posted on 11/17/2013 4:24:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Do you own this website?

Do you? No? Then what is your point?

You should be able to write garbage and talk crap and we should all just love you for it?

If not, bugger off!

You first.

Likely you have fanboi duties to attend to anyway.

18 posted on 11/17/2013 4:29:27 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: JohnBrowdie

Is that your mom, n00bie?


19 posted on 11/17/2013 4:30:52 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, what sad times are these when passing e-ruffians can say Ptni at will to veterans! There is a pestilance upon this site, nothing is sacred. My aching azz bedvm poag ... Brsdjkbfss! Jhggd wfbnmp?


20 posted on 11/17/2013 4:34:51 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: humblegunner

How much have you had to drink this weekend?


21 posted on 11/17/2013 4:35:26 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: humblegunner

I’m looking forward to the pleasure of your company since I haven’t had it yet.


22 posted on 11/17/2013 4:38:33 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Yeah, what about the people whose policies have already been cancelled?


23 posted on 11/17/2013 4:38:38 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not enough to let sloppy posting slide.

Especially from folks who have an attitude.


24 posted on 11/17/2013 4:39:34 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

You’re a ******* limp-wristed feline nickname. Attitude enough for you?


25 posted on 11/17/2013 4:41:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So he tells insurance companies to perform an illegal act, with assurances that they will not be prosecuted for breaking the law.

Can you IMAGINE the press reaction if Bush did anything like this?

26 posted on 11/17/2013 4:44:16 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

See, that hilarious misconception calls into question your judgement on other matters.

Surely you aren’t about to start tossing frivolous lawsuits at me now?


27 posted on 11/17/2013 4:45:20 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

28 posted on 11/17/2013 4:47:47 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: humblegunner

Straight tequila? Switch to beer or wine, man, before your liver goes the way of the pterodactyl!


29 posted on 11/17/2013 4:49:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: scrabblehack

I’m talking more like the admin saying, “OK, now that we have handled healthcare, let’s move on to immigration and I will not wait for an uncooperative Republican House”. And then we will get a $400 per family carbon tax. Then we’ll move on to raising MPG standards for vehicles...again. Then back to gun control as soon as the next cruddy murder hits the news. Then we make a deal with Iran. Etc.


30 posted on 11/17/2013 5:50:35 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: humblegunner
Yes, copy-and-paste is hard.

Indeed it is. When the byline is an image.


31 posted on 11/17/2013 5:56:55 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The 3-Wood has replaced Nero’s fiddle.


32 posted on 11/17/2013 6:01:38 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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