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October 4, 2013

A Question Obama Loathes

“Under what constitutional principle has Obama unilaterally amended [DemoCare]?”

Essential Liberty

Columnist Charles Krauthammer: “President Obama indignantly insists that GOP attempts to abolish or amend Obamacare are unseemly because it is ‘settled’ law, having passed both houses of Congress, obtained his signature and passed muster with the Supreme Court. Yes, settledness makes for a strong argument – except from a president whose administration has unilaterally changed Obamacare five times after its passage, including, most brazenly, a year-long suspension of the employer mandate. Article 1 of the Constitution grants the legislative power entirely to Congress. Under what constitutional principle has Obama unilaterally amended the law? Yet when the House of Representatives undertakes a constitutionally correct, i.e., legislative, procedure for suspending the other mandate – the individual mandate – this is portrayed as some extra-constitutional sabotage of the rule of law. Why is tying that amendment to a generalized spending bill an outrage, while unilateral amendment by the executive (with a Valerie Jarrett blog item for spin) is perfectly fine?”

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