Skip to comments.President Obama Unilaterally Rewrites Obamacare - Again
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.
Its 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.
Heres how this new scheme works. The Obama Department of Health and Human Services has notified the nations 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 presidents 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 didnt.)
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 Americas Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), said in a statement.
As CBS News pointed out, the presidents act of extralegal desperation represents a massive flip-flop: The presidents 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 wasnt 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 presidents 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 years 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 administrations 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 presidents last-ditch, face-saving attempt notwithstanding. This isnt 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, Obamas 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
He's the PTRESIDENT!
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.
Damn, I wish I were perfect, like you!
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.
Yes, copy-and-paste is hard.
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.
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.
Which is why it's screwed up, huh?
Apparently. What was it like, being born in a manger and getting gifts from those wise men?
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...
Very tough crowd around here this evening.
Do you own this website? If not, bugger off!
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!
Likely you have fanboi duties to attend to anyway.
Is that your mom, n00bie?
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