Like the Keystone Kops of the silent movies, the House leadership has pulled up to the Obamacare light and are running in circles and bumping into each other in a comedic display of governing. The sad part is the only people laughing are the Democrats.
What good is 40 plus votes to repeal Obamacare? One would suffice. Harry Reid needs to know that if he wants to talk debt ceilings or cowboy poetry to give your repeal bill a straight up or down vote. Forty votes on the same thing with zero chance of being taken up by the other side is a trap to make the leadership look like the “do nothing” congress that the Democrats claim.
There is a saying that elections have consequences. So do votes in congress. The truth is Obamacare is the law. Period. Passed by a Nancy Pelosi led Democrat controlled house, passed by a Harry Reid Democrat controlled Senate, and proudly signed by President Obama. Not only that, it was defended by the Obama administration before the Supreme court and upheld as constitutional. Like it or not, it is the law, along with all the consequences that comes with its implementation.
Twice President Obama has stood before the American people and took the following oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The Constitution says the President must “take care that the laws be faithfully executed”. Instead of aiding and abetting the President in violating his oath of office by wasting time voting on delaying the individual mandate, they should be voting on a resolution admonishing President Obama for violating the constitutional duty he swore to uphold.
The Democrats who voted to pass this law are now scared of going into an election year with the consequences of it. The President has illegally tried to give them cover and like an Abbot and Costello skit gone wrong the House leadership has complied.
Last week union leaders James P. Hoffa, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Joseph Hansen, International President of UFCW, and D. Taylor, President of UNITE-HERE wrote a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. In it they told the Democratic leadership that,
When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
The letter goes on to say that “Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios…”
America can survive bad laws, we do it all the time. What we can’t support, and what the House leadership needs to reign in, is the precedence of an Executive branch deciding what laws it wants to enforce and what ones, or parts of one, it wants to suspend for purely political reasons. It is time for our Keystone Leadership to get their act together or get in their truck and drive off in to the sunset.