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Will Obama Enforce Obamacare Anyway?

By June 21, 2012

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With the Supreme Court decision on the conservative challenge to Obamacare expected any day now, is there any doubt that if nullified Obama would still attempt to push forward with the law anyway? Is it possible Obama would simply declare that portions of the law (or heck, the whole law!) was now the law, per an executive order? Surely there would be many lectures about how it's okay because "it is the right thing to do." Whether or not he can do it is meaningless. He's already dictating or ignoring law regularly anyway.

Last week, President Obama decided to simply ignore US immigration laws, passed by Congress and signed by a former President. It was only March of 2011 when President Obama correctly said this about his inability to single-handily change immigration law:

"America is a nation of laws, which means I, as the President, am obligated to enforce the law. I don't have a choice about that. That's part of my job. But I can advocate for changes in the law so that we have a country that is both respectful of the law but also continues to be a great nation of immigrants. And the DREAM Act is a perfect example of a law that can help fix this."

Of course, that did not stop him from issuing a directive to ignore those immigration laws just a year later. What changed so quick in a year? Where did he find that he was no longer obligated to enforce the law? Previously, Obama and his Justice Department had also decided it was no longer interested in defending or enforcing another on-the-books law, the Defense of Marriage Act.

And just this week, the President issued a last-minute and questionable executive privelege order blocking the release of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. The Heritage Foundation explains:

"In a desperate attempt to prevent the contempt vote in the last few hours, Holder asked President Obama to invoke executive privilege to shield these 1,300 pages of documents from Congress, and the President apparently agreed to do so. Yet that is not the end of the story. Even if properly involved, the Supreme Court has made clear that executive privilege is not absolute. DOJ must provide an explanation why all those documents fit one of the recognized categories of executive privilege. It is questionable whether they all are legitimately subject to executive privilege, for several reasons."

It's obvious that President Obama will sign any executive order, ignore any law, and bypass congress at will in order to push his agenda. It's an incredible power grab never seen before. Is there any doubt this newfound power wouldn't be used to push forward with his unpopular Obamacare agenda?

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June 21, 2012 at 10:41 am
(1) Realtime53 says:

Hi Dustin –

“With the Supreme Court decision on the conservative challenge to Obamacare expected any day now, is there any doubt that if nullified Obama would still attempt to push forward with the law anyway? ”

Any doubt? Nothing but doubt. There is a world of difference between selective enforcement or non-enforcement of a law and enforcement of a judicially declared invalid law. The former, prosecutors do all the time. The latter, would land a prosecutor in jail.

June 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(2) Realtime53 says:

Hi Dustin –

” It’s an incredible power grab never seen before.”

No, not really. We’ve seen it quite recently. On point:

“And just this week, the President issued a last-minute and questionable executive privelege order blocking the release of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. ”

The Bush Administration used executive priveledge to block the investigation into the firing of 10 US Attorneys. Dick Cheney blocked an investigation into the actions of his Energy Task Force by asserting that the VP was ‘the fourth branch of government’ and could exert executive priveledge himself.

“Last week, President Obama decided to simply ignore US immigration laws, passed by Congress and signed by a former President.”

In 2005, that same former President delegated to the Border Patrol, after it was absorbed into DHS, to selectively enforce the deportation laws for illegal immigrants for compassionate reasons. If he could do it, Obama certainly can.

So, not “an incredible power grab” and not “Never seen before”.

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