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The pure partisan mendacity of today's Obamacare announcement is breathtaking.
Dear Leader hath proclaimed:
"The rollout has been rough so far… The numbers yesterday mean Americans want affordable health care… Americans who have plans before the Care Act can keep those plans. Today we expand that… Insurers can extend those plans until 2014… I will not accept plans that wish to repeal the whole law… It's important that we're honest and straight forward… The Affordable Care Act is going to work for the American people."
Translation: Democrats are getting creamed in the polls. They're in danger of losing their Senate majority in the 2014 midterm elections. Ergo, he's gotta postpone the pain until after Harry Reid is firmly re-ensconced as Majority Leader.
But come this time next year? It'll be deja vu all over again. No matter how "honest and straight forward" he pretends to be.
Hey, what if Obama's postponement is illegal? Because it probably is.
There's a catch with president's proposed solution. The president is not proposing that the law be changed to allow all health insurance plans grandfathered into Obamacare's eligibility requirements.
No, instead the White House is saying that it will use "enforcement discretion" to allow illegal health insurance plans to be able to still be sold. That is, the Obama administration will not enforce the penalty on individuals for not having eligible health insurance plans and they'll allow the insurance companies to still sell so-called bad plans -- plans they technically can't sell under Obamacare.
"Under the White House's approach, the Department of Health and Human Services will notify the nation's state insurance commissioners that they have federal permission to allow consumers who already have such insurance policies to keep them through 2014," reports the Washington Post.
It's good to be king!
Obama's proposal is an extra-legal solution to a big problem for millions of Americans around the country.
"I don't see within the law how they can do this administratively," said Speaker John Boehner in a press conference on Capitol Hill. "No one can identify anything the president could do administratively to keep his pledge that would be both legal and effective."
The proposed White House fix so that Obama can honor his commitment is also likely to create more problems and to further distrust the American people have for this administration, which makes law based on what it chooses to enforce while sidestepping the constitutional process that is in place.
So basically it's the same wink-and-look-the-other-way "fix" he created for the Employer Mandate. The people are mad at him so he won't enforce a law he's been telling us is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Suddenly those "crummy" plans are just Fine And Dandy, at least until he wrings more political mileage out of keeping them around.
This president's dishonesty is staggering in its audaciousness. And you know what? His sycophants will eat it up. They always do.
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