Major Garrett wrote in National Journal: “The Affordable Care Act means what it says and says what it means. Until it doesn’t.”
And the New York Times compiled a list of more than a dozen significant changes President Obama made to the law in just over a year, such as extending deadlines and allowing insurers to reinstate canceled plans.
All of that could be the subject of a federal court hearing in Washington on Wednesday, where a lawsuit challenges as unlawful the executive orders Obama used to unilaterally alter Obamacare, without any approval or endorsement from Congress, which wrote the law.
David Yerushalmi, senior counsel for the American Freedom Law Center, said, “In order to keep his broken promises and clean up the political mess he made, President Obama disregarded his constitutional duty to obey the law of the land and flipped Obamacare upside down without congressional approval.”
AFLC co-founder Robert Muise said the “lawlessness of this administration is breathtaking and dangerous.”
“And the American people are sick and tired of this president’s blatant disregard for the Constitution, so we, as private citizens, are doing something about it,” he said.
Their lawsuit challenging the use of executive orders to change a federal law was filed months ago, but oral arguments now are scheduled Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton.
The complaint alleges Obama violated his constitutional duty to “faithfully execute” the law as passed by Congress in 2010. It contends Obama violated the Constitution’s separation of powers, which is designed to protect private individuals from the tyranny of government, and in particular, from the tyranny of a “single branch of government that seeks to usurp power and authority not permitted under the Constitution.”
Problems arose with Obamacare almost as soon as it was adopted. For example, in 2013, “millions of Americans received notices that their health insurance was canceled, a result that was predictable in light of the various mandates imposed by Obamacare,” the AFLC said.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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