First, consider remarks by Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, to a group at the National Conference of State Legislatures. She declared Obamacare is the law and, in effect, they should shut up about it. “This is no longer a political debate,” she said, reminding the legislators and, no doubt, especially the Republicans, that the law “was passed and signed three years ago” and then upheld by the Supreme Court, plus Obama was re-elected (after ramming the law through Congress without a single Republican vote).
Another group of state legislators got a different message from newly confirmed Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, former Charlotte mayor, who touted Obama’s proposal for spending on infrastructure, including roads, small airports and mass transit. But new-on-the-job Foxx asserted that nothing happens without Congress, the AP reported.
“Our Constitution requires that there’s a dance involved here,” he said, “and it’s hard to dance by yourself.” True, but that is totally opposite what Obama and his Democrat cohorts did in passing Obamacare in the dark of the night with no Republican support, rejecting the opposition party’s efforts to craft a reasonable health care bill.
As for Sebelius’ approach of telling the opposition to shut up about Obamacare and instead help implement the bad law, she blithely ignored the stark reality of a majority of Americans — not just Republicans — opposing the over-reaching legislation. Even Obama has recognized at least one aspect of the problems wreaked by this train wreck of a law by postponing for one year the enforcement of the employer mandate requiring businesses with more than 50 full-time workers to provide insurance to them or pay a penalty — enforced by the IRS.
The arbitrary delay by Obama means that “roughly 1 million fewer people are expected to be enrolled in employment-based coverage in 2014,” the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation has said. Of that number, about 500,000 will be uninsured, the report said.
Of course, as Obama tells it, Republicans are to blame for him raring back and issuing an executive decree to delay the employer mandate instead of going to Congress as the Constitution requires, as rightly pointed out by Secretary Foxx. But Obama said he didn’t bother to call up House Speaker John Boehner and discuss the change because it’s not “in a normal atmosphere when it comes to Obamacare.” Therefore, he decided he had “the executive authority to do it,” so he did it, Congress be hanged. Evidently, anything goes if it’s not a “normal” political atmosphere.
But Obama and the Democrats have created this bad political atmosphere by their high-handed tactics and refusal to heed the voice of the majority in what is supposed to be a democratic republic — representative government. Another way of looking at it: Just blame the victim.