When Barack Obama wanted to implement his healthcare plan, he often acted – or threatened to act – unilaterally in order to force his will upon the American people. With little regard for the limited powers delineated in the Constitution, Obama treated the executive branch as an imperial position.
As public sentiment shifted violently against him shortly after its implementation, he used the same tactic to stall the very same law he rushed to passage. By issuing a fiat decree that the employer mandate included within ObamaCare be delayed by one year, many say that Obama is in clear violation of his constitutional authority.
Among his fiercest critics on this issue is Georgetown University law professor Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz. In a recent Fox News interview with host Greta Van Susteren, he described Obama’s action as nothing short of criminal.
“What this president has done in a number of cases looks a lot more like rewriting the law than executing it,” he explained, conceding that the president is afforded considerable leeway in implementing legislation.
He noted that in those cases, as George W. Bush had done during his administration, the chief executive acts because he believes a particular law is unconstitutional. Obama, on the other hand, has a different motive, Rosenkranz contended.
Obama “is declining to execute laws without a claim of constitutionality,” he explained, “just for political convenience or policy preference.”
Rosenkranz’s comments came on the same day as congressional hearings regarding this very issue. A number of witnesses from across the political spectrum stated their opinion that Obama’s perceived dismissal of the law sets a dangerous precedent for the nation as a whole.
Unfortunately, the professor noted, Congress cannot initiate legal action against Obama in this case. A lawsuit could be filed, however, by an individual whose access to employer-provided coverage was delayed due to the change. Of course, Obama is already the lamest of ducks as his credibility, influence, and popularity are all at record lows. Furthermore, a politician whose only strength is during election season has no more campaigns on the horizon.
For many Americans, there is no question that Obama frequently oversteps his constitutional authority in the pursuit of his own ideological gain. The real issue, they contend, lies in determining how to clean up his mess.
–B. Christopher Agee
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