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Congress must step up and fix Obamacare

JOHN Fund of the National Review reported that 14 times President Obama has arbitrarily altered the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 without authorization by Congress.

This is both a violation of the constitutional separation of powers and an admission of the failure of this legislation.

Shortly after enactment, the administration began handing unions and other entities waivers, as if they were party favors. That was the first tip-off that Obamacare is unworkable.

President Obama decided on his own to postpone the employer mandate for a year, and to make other fundamental changes in an attempt to delay as much as possible the collapse of his house of cards.

For months the administration denied Obamacare was not ready for prime time. Democrats shut down the government in October rather than accept the call of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to postpone the individual mandate.

But after 10 weeks of trouble at the expensive HealthCare.gov site, President Obama arbitrarily weakened the individual mandate last week.

"The Obama administration on Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the federal health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they can buy bare-bones plans or entirely avoid a requirement that most Americans have health coverage," Amy Goldstein of the Washington Post reported last week.

If, as Democrats claim, their Obamacare is settled law, then why are they breaking it?

The president's arbitrary, Alice-in-Wonderland edicts are unacceptable in a constitutional republic. Barack Obama is the president, not the king. Americans are citizens, not subjects.

In order to pass this law, the president lied when he said if you like your health plan you can keep it. According to his own Department of Health and Human Services, up to 75 million people could lose their employer-subsidized health insurance next year.

Poll after poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly do not like Obamacare and do not want to keep it.

Doctors are told to first do no harm. Lawmakers should follow that advice.


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