Obamacare: Because He Can


So President Barack Obama has delayed the implementation of his pride and joy. Why did Dear Leader decide to park another segment of his namesake in the bureaucratic garage? Why did Obama put his signature rabbit back in the hat? Why did Obama move unilaterally to hold off on the governmental takeover of healthcare provision that he and his accomplices guaranteed would make every one of us happier, healthier, younger, taller and/or more attractive to the hottie in accounting, for the second time?

According to the man himself, he did it because he can. During a tour of Monticello with French President François Hollande, Obama quipped to reporters, “I can do whatever I want.” That might have been a real howler if Obama had not, at that moment, actually been planning to do whatever he wanted regarding Obamacare. As of Monday, Obama plans to hold off on imposing the terms of servitude until 2015, the second time he has decreed such a delay.

Don’t get overheated, though. Like virtually every other delay, exemption and/or clarification beforehand, this latest amnesty doesn’t apply to common rubes like you, Marty Middle Class. Unless you’re somebody Obama considers important (like a union thug, “community organizer” or a member of Senator Harry Reid’s staff), you’re not getting out of the biggest scam in human history that easily.

This latest “delay” applies only to select employers. After passing a bill without letting anyone read it beforehand, Obama then handed out exemptions to his cronies like after-dinner mints. All the cool kids got them. The total roster of exempt groups reads like the AFL-CIO’s membership directory. Joining the union thugs on the invite list to Obama’s taxpayer-funded Obamacare-exemption hoedown:

  • Corporate mega-giants like PepsiCo, a fact at odds with the Democrats’ “champions of the middle class” routine.
  • StarTek, a company that cheerfully describes itself as “a global provider of business process outsourcing (BPO) services.” That’s a fancy way of saying: “When your call to customer service is answered by a Filipino who speaks English as well as you speak Tagalog, that’s us.” Should you score the double hammy of both losing the coverage Obama promised you could keep and losing your job as one of the 2.5 million Obamacare casualties, StarTek helped replace you with Manuel in Manila.
  • I can only assume the first lady’s professed affinity for burritos led to the exemption for Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican Food restaurants.
  • And I would dearly love to hear the explanation behind the exemption of the tobacco wholesaler Alliance One. Perhaps it’s part of the supply chain leading to the cigarettes Obama still secretly smokes in between statements on the evils of smoking cigarettes.

There are hundreds more exemptees, including a number of law firms whose only qualification appears to be generous donations to Obama. Someone is going to have to foot the bill for Obama’s Obamacare exemption party. And that someone is definitely not a member of the Teamsters Local Union 72 Welfare Fund (also exempt).

But you’re not on that list. And you’re not going to be. When Obamacare debuted, the vast majority of you wanted nothing to do with it. As it became readily apparent that virtually every promise Obama made was literally empty, Obamacare’s already-wavering support caved like the Denver Broncos’ defense in the Super Bowl. The rollout was the biggest national embarrassment since Vice President Joe Biden’s last visit to a 7-Eleven. There were exemptions, and then more exemptions. You, I and the family down the street comprise the one group that has yet to receive so much as a sideways glance. Yet we are paying for them. Obama and his Democratic accomplices have no intention of letting John Q. Public off the hook. They can’t. And the only reason Obama has given is, “I can do what I want.”

Here’s the real kicker: It’s illegal. And I’m not referring simply to this latest get-out-of-Obamacare-free card. Obamacare was passed under fraudulent circumstances. Fraud is still illegal. And the President is Constitutionally barred from altering legislation — even bad legislation — on a whim. Deliberately violating Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution is illegal. And the exemptions create legal inequalities, certainly violating the 14th Amendment. That’s an extra-illegal burger with lettuce and cheese. You’ll eat it, and you’ll like it. Why? Because Obama says so, and he can do whatever he wants.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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