President must not tweak

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There has been and still is much debate regarding the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Whether you think it is the greatest law ever written or the worst law imposed upon America, the fact remains that it is a law. One definition of law is that it is a “binding or enforceable rule.” We have laws for a reason; laws spell out something that is required; and there are consequences for breaking a law.

It seems, then, that our president feels he is above the law or is somehow not subject to the same law that regular, everyday Americans are subject to. Despite the fact that the ACA was a law the president wanted passed, it is astonishing to see that he now wants to tweak it to fit his and/or his party’s needs.

This sets a bad precedent. What is the point of legislation if the chief executive in power can simply change laws whenever he feels like it? Why is there not a greater outrage over this blatant disregard for law? Where are the protests? Where are the journalists, pundits and citizens who will stand up and say “No, Mr. President, you can’t do that. The law is the law”?

A government for the people needs to set a higher example. It should be an entity we look up to and respect. Sadly, this is not the current view of our government nor the administration. If an elected official breaks the law, he must be held accountable. He must be held to the same standard that any citizen would be held to.

Imagine this situation: Since the president wants to delay implementing the employer mandate, suppose then that a citizen wants to delay the individual mandate. If the Internal Revenue Service attempts to levy a fine against him, suppose he simply delays the effective date of that fine.

If our elected leaders are not held to the letter of the law, how can they expect us to abide without question?

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carcraft
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carcraft 07/16/13 - 03:45 am
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One congressman said "Why

One congressman said "Why pass immigration reform, President Obama isn't enforcing the existing immigration laws". The truth is if there are things in the immigration law Obama doesn't like he just won't enforce it.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 07/16/13 - 05:10 am
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quite a little coup

the people of O pulled off last election
the IRS and the media make quite a powerful militia
they are of, by, and for the government
they are a country within a country
and we can only send ambassadors, not representatives

deestafford
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deestafford 07/16/13 - 07:34 am
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Throughout his life it appears that obama has thought

laws and such did not apply to him.

He has violated his oath of office (which comes as no surprise) when he said he would not enforce DOMA because he thought it unconstitutional. As pointed out above he did the same with immigration issues.

The bottom line is obama truly believes he is special and what he thinks goes no matter what the Constitution says because he knows the lapdog media will not take him to task. He is a wanna be dictator as has been shown in some of his comments about/to dictators of other countries.

I cannot think, and I really mean this, of one thing he has done positively for the country. Not one thing.

allhans
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allhans 07/16/13 - 08:15 am
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The House Congress should

The House Congress should declare Obama a ruler and go home.
They are spinning their wheels and wasting energy with the entire Executive Branch and the Senate going against them.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/16/13 - 09:42 am
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Of course Obama is violating

Of course Obama is violating the Constitution and his Oath of Office by delaying the implementation of the employer mandate. But that is to be expected from a president in name only (PINO) that has consistently violated the Constitution since he took office.

What I worry about is the Republicans. I think the Republicans are really making a big mistake by pushing to also delay the individual mandate until 2015. The need to stay silent and let the "little people" see the FULL EFFECT of what Obamacare is going to do to them and let them see it BEFORE the 2014 congressional election. The best way to get Obamacare repealed and replaced is to LET IT GO INTO EFFECT and let the young people who put this man into office see what he has done to them. They are not going to like it. If anything, the Republicans should be suing the president to prevent him from delaying the employer mandate so the effects on employment can be evidenced before the 2014 elections. Many many people with full time jobs and employer provided insurance are going to be 30 hour a week employees with NO insurance except what they buy out of their pocket when this goes into effect.

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corgimom 07/16/13 - 10:01 am
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People, get a grip. The

People, get a grip.

The mandate is being delayed because there isn't enough time to implement it.

It takes a lot of time to develop, manufacture, market, sell, and implement new software. It has to be ready at least 3 months before the start date.

There is no conspiracy, there is no plot, there is no nefarious scheme.

Sheesh.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/16/13 - 02:26 pm
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Get a GRIP?
Unpublished

This moron of a scumbag prez is delaying obamacare provisions until after the mid-term elections to insure more criminally inclined democrats and lefties are elected.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/16/13 - 02:29 pm
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"It has to be ready at least
Unpublished

"It has to be ready at least 3 months before the start date."
corigmom, it will take at least UNTIL THE 2014 ELECTION.
Sheesh

allhans
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allhans 07/16/13 - 02:54 pm
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How long has it been since

How long has it been since this law was forced through? Why pass a law you can't implement?
Frustration abounds...

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/16/13 - 06:10 pm
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"Why pass a law you can't implement?"

Why implement a law you unilaterally passed that will hurt you at the mid-term elections? And the Republicans, always eager to turn a retreat into a wholesale rout, are going along with this.

deestafford
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deestafford 07/16/13 - 06:10 pm
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Don't forget....

It ain't about health care. It's about liberal elites having power over us little people who are too stupid to take care of ourselves.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/16/13 - 06:16 pm
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corgimom

"There is no conspiracy, there is no plot, there is no nefarious scheme."

With all due respect, you are totally blind on that comment.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/16/13 - 06:26 pm
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Scheme

Thumbs up, George.

KSL
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KSL 07/16/13 - 06:53 pm
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Me too,

George

Pops
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Pops 07/16/13 - 09:53 pm
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What in the world

is wrong with the government running health care. They are fully capable of doing it cheaply and efficiently as they run everything else.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/16/13 - 11:12 pm
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BwaaaaHardeeharhar..

Good one Pops!!! After all, they've got such a great track record to point towards!

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