ObamaCare delayed: A GOP opportunity
The Obama administration just jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire with its abrupt Tuesday decision to delay a signature provision of ObamaCare.
Not only is the move to delay, until 2015, implementation of a mandate that larger employers (of 50 or more workers) provide health care insurance for their employees or face a $2,000 fine for each nakedly political — it postpones an onerous diktat with backdraft political implications until after the 2014 midterm elections — the administration's arbitrary decision to flout the law is patently illegal. Only Congress can change the terms of respective laws.
Ah, but in the executive's illegality lies an opportunity for Republicans in Congress.
The GOP should hold the president's feet in the fire of his own making, force him to come before them to seek a legal postponement, then exploit the moment to scuttle ObamaCare in its entirety.
It's a tactical move that can't come soon enough, given that the law's individual mandate remains in effect and how that could drive even more folks to seek coverage through state exchanges — whose formation and formulation already are plagued by serious problems — and explode taxpayer costs.
Says Ken Klukowski, a lawyer involved in ObamaCare litigation and a legal columnist for Breitbart News, “The White House is beginning to sense that when Americans realize the price of ‘free' health care, they're likely to take a swift vengeance on those responsible.”
And for America's sake, the swifter the better.
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