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Barack Obama Owes America An Apology

President Obama owes Ted Cruz and Mike Lee along with House Republicans an apology.  He owes the tea party an apology.  In fact, he owes all of America an apology. For weeks, Obama and his minions refused offer after offer that would have delayed implementation of Obamacare for a year. …

President Obama owes Ted Cruz and Mike Lee along with House Republicans an apology.  He owes the tea party an apology.  In fact, he owes all of America an apology.

For weeks, Obama and his minions refused offer after offer that would have delayed implementation of Obamacare for a year.  They not only refused to even talk about these concerns, they demonized anyone who even suggested that putting Obamacare on pause might be in everyone’s best interest.

Now, it seems that the Obama Administration is looking to unilaterally waive enforcing the individual mandate portion of the law according to a news briefing provided by Obama press secretary Jay Carney.

Carney promised, that if people remain unable to access health insurance under Obamacare through Healthcare.gov they “will not be penalized” under the individual mandate.

What this means is that this Administration has now effectively announced that they are unilaterally and unconstitutionally delaying the two major portions of the health care law.  Earlier this year, an underling at the U.S. Department of Treasury announced through a blog post that they would not be enforcing the employer mandate for a year, and now Carney has effectively announced that no one may need to sign up after all for the individual mandate due to the failure of the Healthcare.gov website.

The only problem is the Administration does not have the power to waive legal requirements under the law no matter how much sense they make.

This is exactly why Obama should approach Cruz, Lee and the tea party on bended knee asking them to bail out his failed experiment by codifying the delays that his own political appointees say are necessary.

Even more troubling in the Healthcare.gov-gate scandal is that Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claims that Obama never was briefed on the problems with the website.  In a CNN interview she says that the President was “blindsided.”

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Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government.

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61 comments

shifty henry October 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

What (potus) should apologize for is just walking around and breathing the air of my Republic…

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Frank Pytel October 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Tweet tweet.

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Queen LaQueffa October 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

If he let’s me fart in his face, all is forgiven.

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all fall down October 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Already his minions are covering for him: “he was never briefed….”. Can this President do no wrong? Admit it, he is just as bad as Bush. Duplicitous and complicit cowards all in this administration and the press.

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Frank Pytel October 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Yep yep. 43 and 44. Cut from the same cloth.

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Tea Bagged W/ Bullshit October 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Cruz can ngo suck his own dick.

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demcivility October 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

sounds likre the voice of experience…

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johnq October 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

What fucking idiot believes this shit? More panic laden paid propaganda from from Fits news.

Obama kicked the teapublicans fucking asses and had them BEGGING for him to give their rat fucking asses a face saving way out of the mess they created. Cruz and the teatard brigade want a fight they should bring it so Obama can wipe up the floor with their ignorant asses again.

Please oh please show us all just how fucking stupid you ignorant fucks are. It takes a real piece of work to come back for seconds after the stompfest Obama rained down on you teatard ass wipes.

FUCK YOU!!

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idcydm October 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Speaking of a real piece of work…

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Compassionate Conservative October 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Time for another doob bro. Sure, it’s gonna keep you unemployed longer, but at least you’ll be less hostile to society in general.

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Alexander_N October 25, 2013 at 10:10 am

Urging people to smoke dope is neither compassionate or conservative. Is it time for a name change? Or were you being ironic? Hint: sarcasm loses it’s edge when it’s dulled by racism…

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Compassionate Conservative October 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Racism? Who’s the racist?

You don’t think conservatives are compassionate? I thought Bush bombing Iraq was pretty compassionate. Not as much as Obama drone strikes on wedding parties, but still pretty damn caring.

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Alexander_N October 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Oh, I get it now. You are assuming that I am a liberal or Democrat or something of the sort. Your assumption is wrong. I am not Conservative or Republican either. I am a rational human being that thinks through every stance I take. I toe no one’s line because I know how to think for myself. I find no problem with saying that both Obama’s and Bush’s war stances have been destructive and ill-advised at the least and absolutely reprehensible and inhumane at their worse.
My point? The partisan crap needs to stop and all these low info voters out to protect their team’s stances need to join Team Self or Team America and speak out against obvious wrongs. My little criticism of you was not about all conservatives. It was not even about you personally. My point was that you try to be witty and end up saying something neither “compassionate’ or “conservative” (two words YOU chose as your name). And yes it was also a little racist-which is a problem because people already assume most conservatives are undercover racists. You aren’t helping…

Compassionate Conservative October 28, 2013 at 9:30 am

“Oh, I get it now.”

No you don’t

“My point?”

I’m sorry, I have ADD and you are so wordy I couldn’t pay attention long enough to read it let alone pretend I care.

You are so stupid you can’t even define racist properly.

Alexander_N October 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Sorry I’m too verbose for you and I hope the insults made you feel all better. And you REALLY don’t *get* the irony of someone who calls himself a “compassionate conservative” and yet he uses ebonics to provoke others and can’t even PRETEND to care. You’re hilarious. Your post made my evening.

juanq October 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Negros do like to stomp people.

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munch October 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

wipe the foam from your mouth, grab your Obamaphone, and ask your mom to give you her ebt card so you can fix that cheatos craving…

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goebel October 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Brownshirt, much Johnq?

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Arlen Cooper October 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Your Ebonics are showing.

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Terry October 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

What a joke!! Screw the Teanuts. Obama owes them nothing. The ACA says if affordable health insurance is not available there will be no penalty. That is already covered in the act. There is no reason to delay the act.

As for insurance being available, I am sure they will fix the website in short order and there are other sources. You do not have to go through the government website. Most participating insurance companies have their own website. For example, in SC you can go on the BC/BS website and and sign up for a BC/BS policy. And you can call in and get the information on participating insurance companies. After all none of this affects the 85% of the population, who already have insurance.

Further, we are quite a ways from the ending of open enrollment. Plenty of time to fix the website. If a person truly does not want to buy insurance, and feels his rights are being violated, he or she obviously was not going to sign up early, anyway. So what is the basis of their complaint. If the problems delay someone from having to do what they do not want to do, good for them. Maybe they will get hit by a car in the meantime and be denied health care because they lack insurance and die. Everybody wins. They did not have to buy insurance and we did not have to supplement their insurance.

So the only people who could complain about the delay are those people without insurance who want to participate in the exchanges. They have a legitimate beef. But that is not who the Teanuts are concerned about, is it? Those are the people the Teanuts are trying to keep from getting insurance.

Finally the Teanut Congressmen and Teanut Governors have been doing everything in their power to make this law fail since day one. It is not surprising that it did not go as smoothly as hoped. But I say move forward and get it implemented as soon as possible. The public will either like or not. I think the Teanuts are afraid the public will like it.

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goebel October 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm

all healthcare hearings will be viewed on CSPAN

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The Colonel October 25, 2013 at 4:18 am

“…Teanut Congressmen and… Governors have been doing everything in their power to make this law fail since day one. It is not surprising that it did not go as smoothly as hoped…
Seems to me if the law had been properly written none of this would have happened. Wasn’t the purpose of the ACA to insure the “30,000,000” who didn’t have access to insurance. Why not just roll out a new version of Medicare that the states had no control over – instead, we had to “…pass the bill to see what was in it…”. Well it turns out that what was in it was a poorly conceived insurance program, government intrusion, job killing coverage requirements and enough pork to please every left leaning Congressman in the country.

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Centrist View October 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Google search terms: Now it’s Democrats who want ‘Obamacare’ delayed

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shifty henry October 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

—– ’cause mid-term elections are coming SOON!

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idcydm October 24, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Kind of ironic isn’t it, since a delay was asked for but the government was shut down anyway.

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Chaos Theory October 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

It would be most delicious to see Republicans reject all delays.

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Godslayer October 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Tea Faggots like Rick Manning owe the entire country an apology for continuing to exist.

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Tardslayer October 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

You mad boo?

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goebel October 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

it will lower medical costs

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cuvinny October 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Lol, please tell us what is unconstitutional about delaying enforcment for a few weeks

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goebel October 24, 2013 at 7:58 pm

i promise, we won’t use reconciliation to pass healthcare reform

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CL October 25, 2013 at 8:18 am

If the law says x must be done by March 1, it is absolutely unconstitutional for the president to say, “Just do it 6 weeks later.” That is banana republic stuff, where the executive just does whatever he wants, and the law is subject to his will.

Its not like it would be hard to get a delay from Congress if he could contain his pride enough to ask. During the shutdown the House passed a CR that was clean except for a 1 year delay. If his cynicism and hypocrisy were not so galling, it would almost be humorous that Obama has now adopted a version of the position Democrats were slandering as terroristic just a few weeks ago.

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Alexander_N October 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

You do realize that our President is a Constitutional lawyer, right? Believe me, if the Republicans thought he did something illegal, he’d be up on charges post haste. Instead, they sit silent or perpetuate that he doesn’t have the authority to do what he did when he clearly does.
If you go to a local McDonald’s and they don’t have the stuff to make a Big Mac, the manager can give a raincheck for a free one later. He doesn’t have to call corporate. Laegislative MAKES the laws. Executive branch controls how the law is executed. C’mon people this is 5th grade Civics Class stuff. Quit listening to guy on the radio whose sole job is to get you riled up so you tune in tomorrow for your endorphin fix.

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CL October 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

I’m a lawyer, too. Are you? What a fallacious argument. Fidel Castro was a lawyer once upon a time (and no, for the simple minded, I am not saying Obama is Castro, just pointing out the flaw in your logic).

Obama does this all the time. He tells a Spanish speaking interviewer it would be unconstitutional to unilaterally implement the Dream Act, then he later does it anyway. So I guess you think Obama didn’t know what he was talking about when he said he could not usurp the legislative function.

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Alexander_N October 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Um, I never said that him being a lawyer meant he is always right about the law. My implication is he thought this through in a legal sense. If he is wrong, why aren’t the Republicans pouncing? They try to connect him to stuff that he is like 6 or 7 degrees away from all the time and yet the House (we are lead to believe) and Boehner are just ignoring him breaking the law directly? You’re gonna have to sell that bill of goods to Rush listeners, because anyone with a logical brain can see how that makes zero sense.

CL October 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm

There has to be standing to object to an action, and there have been a number of lawsuits that do challenge Obama’s unilateral actions. Just off the top of my head I know of a lawsuit by the Oklahoma AG regarding the attempt to rewrite the law to allow federal exchanges to offer tax subsidies.

Alexander_N October 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Once again, the executive branch has the authority on enforcement of the law. It’s that simple. Obama has set the limit on how the border patrol executes the law. He has authority to do this with the healthcare law also. The Oklahoma AG folks can sue for damages and may even get them if they can prove that delay of the law will cost them money, but they will not be able to tell the President about how he can and can’t execute the law (as if they really *want* him to put the law back in play as initially planned, anyway). It’s really weird how all these people who implored that Bush utilize the bully pulpit to enforce his will want Obama to come to Congress for everything.

CL October 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

The president executes and defends the laws of the country. He does not get to rewrite them to suit his purposes (as Obama acknowledged about the dream act before just acting unilaterally). There is no limiting principal to the power you are claiming.

Alexander_N October 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what all the ruckus will actually force (or allow) the President to do. But for one, when the Republicans caught Clinton they wasted no time. I wonder why there’s more talk than action when it comes to Obama….

Smirks October 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Go fuck yourself Rick Manning. Obama doesn’t owe you Tea Party dipshits one damn thing. Maybe Cruz and Lee and the TP Brigade should apologize for their nonsensical bullshit circlejerk that had no chance of succeeding and ultimately provided cover for various pork with some fake “Mission Accomplished” attitude about how they really showed them libruls.

The GOP is an embarrassment to this country. They openly work to sabotage the bill and then feign outrage at it having problems. People like Scott Walker refuse the reform and watch as their state’s prices skyrocket past similar states who did cooperate. 42 attempts to defund or repeal, plus the crap delay “favor,” while slapping down requests to alter some parts or give a funding boost to others.

No, let Republicans continue to butt heads against progress, it will be easier to identify them once the smoke clears and people find out how much they like it. Medicare had issues of its own when it rolled out, but now it is highly popular.

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Curious October 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

How much did your subsidy end up being?

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Smirks October 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I don’t need insurance from the marketplace. Many others do, judging from our uninsured citizen ratio.

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Curious October 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Too bad, I got a sweet deal.

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goebel October 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm

you can keep your health plan and your doctor

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goebel October 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

taxpayers won’t be forced to pay for abortions

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Alexander_N October 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

We ALL subsidize crap we don’t like. I don’t like the “prison for profit” system, but it is either leave the country or watch helplessly while prisons ream prisoners and their families for every dime they can. They refuse to try to rehabilitate inmates anymore because successful reentry into society hurts the bottom line. And we PAY through the nose for that philosophy (both literally and figuratively).

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humm October 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

So forcing me to pay for the merciless slaughter of an innocent, helpless, defencelesschild is ok as long as prisons remain open? Can u say non sequitur?

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Alexander_N October 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Before you reply, you should look up the definitions: “abortion” vs. “child”. Abortion destroys fetuses. Children and fetuses are not the same thing. If they were, there would be no law against people who murder the children of pregnant women while that child is still in the womb. But I digress. My point IS that we all compromise when we send in our tax payments. We have the right to opine that our tax money is best spent elsewhere, but we have very little power other than our vote. Compromise is necessary in a country so diverse and like it or not, just because a large segment believes something, doesn’t mean they get to impose their values on everyone else.

Magic Fairy Dust October 26, 2013 at 12:02 am

It’s a fetus….it’s a fetus….it’s a fetus….POOF! It’s a baby!

Alexander_N October 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Now you get it. Finally. Just like caterpillar, caterpillar, POOF it’s a moth!

Bill October 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Over my objection, my government mercilessly killed tens of thousands of children, mothers and fathers with my tax dollars in a unilateral unprovoked invasion of Iraq. Did you speak up for my rights?

Gregory Geddings October 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

Exactly! Read “The Fox in the Henhouse” to get an idea as to what a disaster privatization has been to the prison industry (among other institutions).

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fox-Henhouse-Privatization-Threatens/dp/1576753379

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goebel October 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie…

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Ass Blow October 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

He sho is makin it hards to have another negra pres e dent!!!

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johnq October 25, 2013 at 5:53 am

But he sho nuff showed you who wuz boss, huh cracka

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Ass Blow October 25, 2013 at 8:01 am

Make dat a fudge Kracka please!

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euwe max October 25, 2013 at 3:38 am

Really? That’s all?

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Thomas October 25, 2013 at 8:22 am

Obama and his Democrat sycophants in Congress have been issuing illegal subsidies and making deferments on his/their signature policy, the Affordable Care Act. Why? It is a law foisted upon America in the dark of night Christmas Eve 2009 made possible only through blatant pork barrel bribes for congressional votes. America does not want or need this law. All we here about is employers must offer healthcare plans at work with 50 or more employees or pay a penalty! Individuals without healthcare coverage must signup either through a federal subsidized state exchange or the federal exchanges whichbincludes a broken and ill conceived website, or a phone call to 1-800-318-2596, 1-800-FU-CKYO.

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IMMAHANGUPPENLISSEN October 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

“You can wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which fills up fastest.”
-Plato

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SouthofBraodDaze October 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

The GOP is in grave danger of losing the House in 2014 for shutting down the government. But the GOP never accepts blame. It is blaming the POTUS. You have no adults in your party. Shame on you !

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bogart October 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

….and Cruz owes the American people $24billion dollars for shutting down the gov’t.

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