The Law Means Nothing to These People
By Jon N. Hall
July 11, 2013
President Obama has just nullified, all by his lonesome, a provision in a duly-enacted law: the employer mandate in ObamaCare. It’s one thing to give priority to enforcing one law over another, such as stressing interdiction of cocaine over marijuana. But to just cancel a law is quite another matter. In “Obama’s never-mind presidency” on July 5 in the Washington Post, George Will writes:
Although the Constitution has no Article VIII, the administration acts as though there is one that reads: “Notwithstanding all that stuff in other articles about how laws are made, if a president finds a law politically inconvenient, he can simply post on the White House Web site a notice saying: Never mind.”
Never mind that the law stipulates 2014 as the year when employers with 50 full-time workers are mandated to offer them health-care coverage or pay fines. Instead, 2015 will be the year. Unless Democrats see a presidential election coming.
If we are to be a nation of laws not men, then the president mustn’t be allowed to get away with this. A Congress not wanting to appear entirely irrelevant would insist that President Obama enforce ObamaCare as written or withhold funding for it altogether. If ObamaCare is not ready for prime time, then postpone all parts of it until 2015, not just the employer mandate. But do it the right way, through Congress. On ABC News’s July 7 edition of “This Week,” Mr. Will again addressed the lawlessness of the Obama administration when he said:
Why, indeed, not suspend the individual mandate? Because the law doesn’t provide it? The law means nothing to these people. And by the way, this is why, Cokie, this is going to affect the immigration debate. Because the House Republicans are going to say no matter what we write in the law, this administration will waive any provision it doesn’t like.