WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 ― In a display of raw power, President Obama has once again declined to enforce the law.
Obama does not like democracy. He has longingly told leaders of nations without democratic traditions that he wishes he had the kind of power they wield. He has told people it would be much easier to be the president of China. It probably would be. The president of China can rule by decree and have his political opponents jailed or executed.
But who says Obama can’t exercise dictatorial power? He has, and now he has done it again.
What has he done? He has unilaterally decided that the Obamacare employer mandate, which was supposed to go into effect in January, will be pushed back to January 2015.
Obamacare is turning into such a train wreck that even Democrats realize it is a disaster on par with the Titanic. The Obama Administration made this decision for one simple reason: politics.
The mid-term elections are coming up, and if the employer mandate had remained in place, by the time the elections rolled around in November 2014, millions of Americans would have lost their private insurance and been forced into government insurance programs.
Millions of Americans do not want this, and the Obama Administration understands that if the disaster that is Obamacare unfolds like everyone expects it will, Democrats will not be very popular at the polls.
Obamacare would once again be front and center in the election, and it is not an issue that wins votes for Democrats. In fact, were the employer mandate left in place and were millions to lose their insurance because of it, the Democrats might not only lose more seats in the House, they might lose control of the Senate.
The real problem here for Obama is that he is not a dictator.
The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 included an employer mandate that would go into effect in January 2014. There is no provision in the law for Obama to ignore that date, waive compliance, or do anything else other than enforce the law.
Fortunately for the Democrats, Obama does not enforce inconvenient laws.
Obama’s ego is a massive threat to the rule of law in America. There is a huge difference between policy and law. Policy is exclusively the province of the president. Law, however, belongs to Congress, and there is a reason why the Executive Branch is called that: Its role is to execute the law.
The Obama Administration has adopted the doctrine that if it does not like a law, it can simply ignore it. Obama did this when his administration refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and again when he unilaterally announced he would not enforce certain immigration laws.
Our founding fathers wisely separated the powers of government. A president is not a dictator and cannot make laws. That is the job of Congress. The job of the executive is to carry out the laws of the nation, whether the president agrees with them or not.
It would be ironic if a far left group decided to file suit against the Obama Administration over this decision, demanding that the employer mandate be implemented as mandated by the Obamacare law. It is a lawsuit they could win.
Republicans should be taking advantage of this break to push for a repeal of Obamacare. However, instead of doing something to actually repeal Obamacare, the Republican Party, if it does anything, will simply schedule a meaningless vote. They will schedule another vote that allows House members to go back to their districts and brag about how many times they voted to repeal Obamacare without any success.
Whether the employer mandate is implemented in 2014 or 2015, the result will still be the same. It will be the continued destruction of what was once the greatest healthcare system on the planet.