THE LATEST CHAPTER IN AMERICA’S SOCIALIZED MEDICINE TRAGI-COMEDY
In case you haven’t noticed U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law – a.k.a. “Obamacare” – is what the cool kids call an “epic fail.”
Seriously … it’s a disaster in every sense of the word. A face plant. A wipeout. A debacle wrapped around a clusterf*ck wrapped around an implosion. The mother of all big government pooch screws …
According to Obama’s promises, the new law was going to lower health insurance premiums and shrink the federal deficit – all while protecting the ability of Americans with coverage to keep their plans (and their doctors).
On every front, the law has turned out to be one big lie … and that’s before we start addressing its colossally botched implementation.
This week marked another head-scratching moment for Obamacare, as the administration announced it was suspending the law’s controversial employer mandate for yet another year.
Mid-sized businesses – i.e. those which employ 50-99 workers – must offer health insurance coverage by 2016 (not 2015). Meanwhile larger businesses – i.e. those employing 100 or more workers – must offer health insurance to 70 percent of their workers beginning in 2015, not 95 percent. That higher threshold has now been pushed back to 2016.
Obamacare’s employer mandates were originally supposed to go into effect this year – but those deadlines were delayed last summer.
“They are making it up as they go along,” we noted at the time.
Ditto … and the employer mandate isn’t the only arbitrary delay, either.
Due to his most famous broken promise, Obama has also had to extend the portion of the law assigning penalties to individuals who fail to purchase health insurance (a shamelessly self-serving effort to shield vulnerable Democrats who are facing challenges in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections).
Wait … how exactly does this work? Doesn’t Congress pass laws and the administration implement them? How is Obama’s administration being permitted to rewrite this law based on its political vulnerabilities?
That’s a good question … one U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) raised months ago.
“The president doesn’t get to write legislation, and it’s illegal and unconstitutional for him to try and change legislation by himself,” Paul said.
We agree … and have said as much.
“We can’t stand Obamacare and welcome any and all delays to its job-killing, deficit-busting, premium-increasing mandates – but the last time we checked it was the job of the executive branch to enforce laws passed by Congress, not arbitrarily rewrite them based on political expedience,” we wrote last July.
Obama’s arbitrary revisions of this law aren’t just unacceptable … they are unconstitutional. The only acceptable solution to addressing the Obamacare disaster is an immediate repeal of the law and refund of all taxes collected pursuant to its implementation.