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.