I, for one, am glad that the House has decided to sue the President of the United States.
Congress has the exclusive authority to make law because lawmaking requires pluralism, debate and compromise, the essence of representative government. If Congress cannot achieve consensus, that doesn’t mean Congress is “broken.” A divided Congress reflects a divided people. Until there is a compromise acceptable to the majority, the status quo is the only correct path. An impasse emphatically does not warrant a president’s bypassing Congress with a pen and phone, as Mr. Obama claimed the power to do early this year.
The separation of powers also guarantees political accountability. When Congress makes a law and the president executes it as written, citizens will know whom to reward or punish at the next election.
Obamacare was originally written to penalize states that did not establish a health exchange.
In case you didn’t believe that the Obama administration has no problem changing the law without approval from Congress, I point you to this interview. In it Gruber plainly explains that for States that do NOT set up an exchange they will NOT get a subsidy – the law was intended to penalize states that were not on board with the program. This is exactly opposite of what the Obama administration put into place AND opposite of what the government argued to the 2 federal courts.
A change to the law such as paying subsidies to federal exchange enrollees has to be created as a bill within Congress and then signed by the President. That is what the Constitution says. We need to stop allowing the Administration take liberties with the Constitution to appease their political goals. For those that cry out, “Impeach Obama!”, I want to assure you that this is not an impeachable offense.
Currently, President Barack Hussein Obama is planning on going to Copenhagen to be a celebrity pitchman for the city of Chicago (and America in general) for the home of the 2016 Olympics. While there is plenty of controversy over this decision since there are probably hundreds of movie stars and celebrities that could be tasked with helping the cause, the concern that BHO is too busy to go is probably not relevant.
Currently, every head of state for a city that is in the finals is visiting the IOC. BHO’s lack of attendance would be telling if he did not go. If BHO stayed home and spent more time socializing our economy, he would be vastly criticized if Chicago lost their bid. It is the sad state of Olympics politics that the head of state needs to be involved in order to win since Blair did that 4 years ago to secure London’s hosting spot.