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HHS: We Lack 'Statutory Authority' to Extend Deadline to Sign Up for Obamacare
Weekly Standard ^ | March 11, 2014 | John McCormack

Posted on 03/12/2014 5:40:03 AM PDT by grundle

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services insisted that March 31 is the firm deadline to sign up for Obamacare. "We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period," HHS official Julie Bataille said. "In fact, we don't actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014." Obama Sebelius

A reporter followed up, asking why the administration could delay many other parts of the law but not this one. Michael Hash, who directs the Office of Health Reform at HHS, replied that the law states that the HHS secretary must set the open enrollment dates by June 2012, which Secretary Sebelius did. "Once that 2014 open enrollment period has been set, they are set permanently," Hash said. He did not explain why the administration has the authority to ignore other statutory deadlines to implement the employer mandate or cancel private health insurance plans not eligible for "grandfathering."

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: obamacare
Obama has made more than 20 changes to Obamacare without approval from Congress, which is illegal.
1 posted on 03/12/2014 5:40:04 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

It’s the law of the land. No, NOW it’s the law of the land. No, no, NOW it’s the law of the land. No, no, no, NOW it’s the law of the land ...


2 posted on 03/12/2014 5:44:34 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: grundle

Aaand...who is going to stop him?


3 posted on 03/12/2014 5:48:37 AM PDT by browniexyz
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To: grundle
What's the difference? This POS legislation was fraudulently forced into law, anyway!
4 posted on 03/12/2014 5:55:16 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: grundle
"We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period," HHS official Julie Bataille said. "In fact, we don't actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014."

True Orwellian speak! In other words... "We only have the statutory authority to do what WE WANT TO DO (for the "Good of the Party"!!!!!

5 posted on 03/12/2014 5:56:09 AM PDT by ExSES (the "bottom-line")
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To: grundle
So, the big Tin God says to delay and the HHS little Tin Gods say they don't have the authority, hmmm.

CYA with paper is in progress.

6 posted on 03/12/2014 5:59:04 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: grundle

HHS is right. It lacks statutory authority to change any part of the law.

obama lacks statutory authority to change any part of the law.

That being said it is a terrible law and needs repealed asap


7 posted on 03/12/2014 6:01:01 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: grundle

Draft and pass a ‘law’ through congress.

Declare yourself King and change parts of it that reflect bad on your party until after an election.

Yes, this is the NEW US Government... supported, funded and protected by the US Media.

I can ony imagine the shitstorm that would be happening if a Republican president did this.


8 posted on 03/12/2014 6:03:16 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: grundle
The IRS isn't going to get away with breaking the law and either would HHS.

Nice HHS realized that truth.

Contrary to what liberal elites think he United States is NOT run by a dictator, We're a country of laws.

9 posted on 03/12/2014 6:03:22 AM PDT by GOPJ (From a bellwether to an "oh-whateverrrr" in less than a single news cycle. -freeper Fightin Whitey)
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To: yldstrk

“””””obama lacks statutory authority to change any part of the law.”””””

What do you mean? He is King. He can create, enforce, or change any law that he sees fit to help his party.
Who is going to stop him? He knows the media will never report anything negative. Who is going to call him out on it? Media?
And nobody will challenge him less they be called RACIST.
His race has got him this far in life and his race will allow him to do whatever he wants. No guilty white person will dare disparage the One. Guilty whites will watch the country burn before they dare say whats right before their eyes.


10 posted on 03/12/2014 6:12:44 AM PDT by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
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To: GOPJ

But who will actually hold them accountable? Why would it begin happening today?


11 posted on 03/12/2014 6:12:59 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: grundle

I thought they might point to some obscure regulation allowing modification of dates, etc. Apparently there is none which is very interesting and could bite them in court.


12 posted on 03/12/2014 6:14:37 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: envisio

nOnetheless


13 posted on 03/12/2014 6:15:08 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: grundle
Obama has made more than 20 changes to Obamacare without approval from Congress, which is illegal.

Or stated another way, the only changes to Obamacare are the ones Obama wanted to happen. The HOR voted lots, but did nothing.

The problem was that the RINOs let the DC crowd and the RINOs spin "shutting down the gov" as a minus with the American people when it was the way to end Obamacare.

14 posted on 03/12/2014 6:17:16 AM PDT by grania
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To: grundle
"We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period,"

They will extend it about March 29 or 30.

They need it extended -- for political reasons -- RE: Jolly election in Florida.

All they need is for Obama to wave his magic wand and, wallah!, extension.
15 posted on 03/12/2014 6:21:10 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: grundle

16 posted on 03/12/2014 6:43:24 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Like the weather, if you don’t like Obamacare, just wait a while.


17 posted on 03/12/2014 6:57:39 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: grundle

Not a problem for Li’l’ Dictator.


18 posted on 03/12/2014 8:21:56 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Clay Moore
People in DC know which way the wind is blowing. Did you see the election yesterday? The one democrats were suppose to win?

Not to mix metaphors but the tide has turned.

19 posted on 03/12/2014 10:02:36 AM PDT by GOPJ (From a bellwether to an "oh-whateverrrr" in less than a single news cycle. -freeper Fightin Whitey)
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To: GOPJ

I wish I could be so optimistic. I remember all of the “we got him now” times during all of the Clinton regime scandals. Nothing ever happened and GOP won in a landslide in ‘94.

I would like to think it wasn’t just another day.


20 posted on 03/12/2014 10:35:42 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: Clay Moore

We try to keep them honest... they try to keep us honest - one reason our wise founding fathers gave us free speech.

The process of public scrutiny keeps some really bad people away from running because they don’t want the flack and exposure. That’s a good thing. It also keeps some very talented people from running. Sad - happens. Anyhow the process IS the win... so don’t give up.


21 posted on 03/12/2014 12:46:38 PM PDT by GOPJ (From a bellwether to an "oh-whateverrrr" in less than a single news cycle. -freeper Fightin Whitey)
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