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No Prophet Is Welcome In His Own Land: Hometown Paper Torches Chicago Jesus; Obamacare

August 19, 2013 by  

You know public will to embrace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is in freefall when President Barack Obama’s hometown newspaper pens an editorial calling for the “monstrosity” to be dismantled.

In a Sunday editorial headlined “How President Obama is flouting Obamacare,” The Chicago Tribune took a wrecking ball to the President’s ham-handed finessing of a law his Administration is legally required to carry out in full, opining that Obama is “bending that enforcement in wayas that test, and arguably exceed, the boundaries of lawful conduct.”

Then the editorial board called on lawmakers to take a wrecking ball to the law itself, and to start from scratch to come up with something else. “Democrats strong-armed Obamacare into law three years ago. Now they’re busy flouting it” by delaying employer insurance mandates, documentation requirements, out-of-pocket spending caps and carving out Congressional staff exemptions, thanks to the President’s intervention. Those aren’t administrative refinements; they’re wholesale interpretive revisions:

Obama isn’t making tweaks. He’s trying to circumvent major flaws that began flaring when the law was enacted. Hence the many carve-outs, delays and special deals that have been piling up since he added his signature to Obamacare on March 23, 2010.

The president crusaded for this law and has embraced its nickname. But he did not write the law. Congress did. Major changes are necessary — he has stipulated by his actions that this law as constituted cannot work — and Congress should legislate them for his review.

Bottom line: Let’s delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law. Congress need not start from scratch. Lawmakers can build on what all of us have learned from three years of painful trial and error. Three years of attempting, but failing, to make this clumsy monstrosity work for the American people.

The piece also challenges Obama’s Constitutional standing to pick and choose which parts of the law he can enforce, noting the legal outcry we’d all be hearing if Mitt Romney had won the 2012 election and then attempted to turn his back on Obamacare.

Read the entire piece, and share.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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