Will Obama revive an overturned ObamaCare through EOs?

posted at 12:41 pm on June 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s take a moment off from baseless speculation over tomorrow’s decision on ObamaCare for less-baseless speculation as to what comes afterward.  What exactly are Barack Obama’s contingency plans if the Supreme Court overturns ObamaCare, in whole or in part?  On Monday, Marc Ambinder tweeted out this interesting update before it became apparent that the court would wait for Thursday to release its decision.  According to Ambinder, the White House had a raft of executive orders at the ready:

Over at The Corner, Avik Roy casts a skeptical eye:

It’s not clear to me exactly how much of Obamacare can be reinstated via executive order. It’s certainly conceivable that the president could issue costly mandates that affect private insurers. But the president couldn’t expand Medicaid on his own, or ration Medicare without congressional approval.

In fact, it depends on just how much of ObamaCare gets overturned, if anything at all does.  If the whole bill gets overturned, then the executive authority to issue those kinds of mandates evaporates with it.  That also impacts the HHS contraception mandate, in which the Supreme Court might do Obama a favor with a complete reversal, which would end the fight with Catholic bishops over religious liberty.  The EOs would become moot, since insurance companies cannot issue policies across state lines at all.

A partial overturning of just the mandate and/or other subsidiary parts of the ACA might leave enough jurisdiction for the White House to issue EOs that shore up the remnants.  However, while that legal opening might arguably exist, it would probably be political suicide to take advantage of it.  ObamaCare remains very unpopular with the public, a status confirmed once again in the latest WaPo/ABC poll:

Fifty-six percent of Americans rate the nation’s current health care system unfavorably in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, while 52 percent regard the “federal law making changes in the health care system” in a negative light.

The numbers are even more stark when they are broken down into those who feel strongly favorably versus strongly unfavorably about each system. In each case, the number of people who feel strongly opposed is more than twice those who feel strongly in support — a testament to the fact that all of the energy on health care is on the side opposing both the old/new system.

And perhaps most interestingly, Americans who are not happy with their current health care also give Obama’s health care law negative ratings, by a 2-to-1 margin.

With that in mind, will a President aiming for re-election in just four months use the oft-abused and unpopular EO process to reimpose parts of an already-unpopular bill that had just been shot down by the Supreme Court as an overreach on federal power?  Perhaps, but they would be risking a huge amount of backlash — and for what?  To force an unpopular bill down the throats of American voters, this time without the political cover of Congress?  I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.


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..he will attempt to to his peril.

The War Planner on June 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Give me an “I”!

Give me an “M”

You know the rest…

Fallon on June 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Is water wet.

WisRich on June 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

..don’t bet the ranch.

The War Planner on June 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

“Its treason, then.”

nobar on June 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

They’re currently in the process of trying to cover up murder, a little thing like an EO wouldn’t even create a blip on Barky’s personal radar.

Bishop on June 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I’d put nothing past this little schmuck

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Will Obama revive an overturned ObamaCare

through EOs?

We can only hope that he will.

cajunpatriot on June 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I think he will. He’s already defying the Supreme Court in the Arizona decision. Obama has been behaving like an out and out dictator since the beginning of this year. No one has stopped him yet.

If he does revive Obamacare by EO it’s time to start suspecting he will deal with the election in a similar manner…

wildcat72 on June 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM

It’s certainly conceivable that the president could issue costly mandates that affect private insurers.

Wait a minute.

I’m sure an executive order only effects the executive branch of government. If the puppy-muncher in charge issues one to private insurers, couldn’t they tell him to go defecate in his chapeau?

Rebar on June 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I HOPE he does. Please!! Use the EO Mr President We on the right will thank you for it.

Nelsa on June 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Well bho/big sis didn’t give a flit on the AZ ruling Monday, so why not do whatever bho wants with bhocare if over turned?
L

letget on June 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

The sick truth is that a lot of Americans are primed for a “benevolent king.”

Crispian on June 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

Oh how you underestimate them. Because to Barry its not about hearing THE people. Its about hearing HIS people. HIS people want the mandate. THE people be damned!

Zaggs on June 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

To force an unpopular bill down the throats of American voters, this time without the political cover of Congress? I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

Then prepare to be astounded and amazed. This assclown POTUS has already proven to be beyond contempt in other respects. What stops him from pulling the same stunt with this?

pilamaye on June 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

He knows it’s going down – his stooge Kagan has already tipped him off. That’s the only reason she was placed there.

Would love to see him try it. The impeachment proceedings would put a nice wrap on his career.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

If Obama loses, couldn’t Romney rescind the EO????

RADIOONE on June 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

To force an unpopular bill down the throats of American voters, this time without the political cover of Congress? I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

Narcissist don’t care about tone. It’s all about POWER and Control. I look forward to the day that obambi implodes in public.

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Executive Orders? shouldn’t they be renamed something like…

Edicts?

Commands?

Proverbs?

Proclaimed Wisdom?

I mean, would the Congress or the Progressives in both parties do anything but whine if he declared the Constitution was “ineffective” and the “time has come to move forward for the American People, and give them a government for the 21st Century not for the 18th.”

Congress?………….they did it to themselves, thanks.

PappyD61 on June 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

In 0bama’s mind, they aren’t “Executive Orders” they are “Emperor’s Orders”

ProfShadow on June 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

no

gerrym51 on June 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

It would be massive civil disobedience time. And we would have the SCOTUS on our side.

Our rights? Molon Labe.

Bat Chain Puller on June 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Perhaps, but they would be risking a huge amount of backlash — and for what? To force an unpopular bill down the throats of American voters, this time without the political cover of Congress? I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

I think that the use of EOs is problematic from a political perspective. He’s done too much of it in recent weeks including the selective enforcement of DOMA and immigration bills. The war on religious freedom via the HHS mandate. And, of course, the denial of AZ using the federal database to identify all the Obama voters who should be deported. To prop up an unpopular scheme to sieze 1/6th of the economy would probably be a step too far. Even for the lawless jug-eared Kenyan.

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I thought that a EO is just an instruction to the federal personnel. Unless I somehow woke up in Zimbabwe today, states, businesses, churches, and individuals are completely free to erect a middle finger in Ogabe’s general direction when he issues his edicts.

Archivarix on June 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

It would be massive civil disobedience time. And we would have the SCOTUS on our side.

Bat Chain Puller on June 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Civil disobedience? Try pitchforks and torches time!

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

We better hope the SC overturns Obamacare in total – because whether Obama or Romney wins, either will maintain whatever is left…and probably expand upon it.

I have to say, I can see how ant-slavery activists felt in 1856. We’ve supposedly got two parties and the standard bearer of both are on the same side of the issue – just in varying degrees.

18-1 on June 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

The sick truth is that a lot of Americans loser, mooching, idiot, dimocrats are primed for a “benevolent king.”

Crispian on June 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

FTFY

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

Oh Really?

You might want reconsider Obama’s tone-deafness that lead his administration to annouce that they aren’t taking any call’s from AZ enforcement regarding illegals only hours after the SCOTUS said the law was perfectly legal!

If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge I want to sell you, Ed.

This is the holy grail for them.

WisRich on June 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

Let’s see. He exercised Executive Privilege on Fast & Furious, he unilaterally implemented a version of the DREAM act without legislation, he told Arizona the state is on its own against invaders–that’s all in the last, what, 12 days?

And you’re still ascribing reason and moderation to this administration, Ed? Really?

Right Mover on June 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Would love to see him try it. The impeachment proceedings would put a nice wrap on his career.

AS he has not been impeached for Fast and Furious, seizing the auto industry, or his Libyan adventure, there is nothing the Republicans will impeach him for…nothing.

18-1 on June 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM

There will be EOs and it doesn’t matter if they are not a workable end-around.

Bark’s ego is heavily invested in this and he is emotionally involved. He’ll likely issue a string of insane EOs if only to “punish our enemies”.

You will bow down to the Emperor, subjects.

CorporatePiggy on June 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Let’s just say that the mandate is struck down by SCOTUS. Does anyone here think that between Obama and HHS they couldn’t come up with some form of “incentive” that in practice became a defacto mandate? I can’t think of what that might be but if they’ve known for a while which way the SCOTUS hammer is set to fall you can bet your bottom dollar that the EO’s will fly fast and furious tomorrow to shore up what’s left of Bammycare.

volnation on June 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Obama puts a “dick” in “dictator”.

Archivarix on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Obama will demagogue the heck out of “Republicans takin’ away your healthcare!” until the election.Then if he wins, he’ll disregard the SCOTUS decision in one way or the other. Executive orders, HHS unilateral action, IRS unilateral action, whatever it takes.

An Obama second term will be a compound Constitutional crisis. Gonna be ugly.

forest on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Tone deaf? Those ears are decorations. Big funny decorations.

DanMan on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

“Its treason, then.”

nobar on June 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

The force is not with him on this one

OhioBuckeye7 on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Oh Really?

You might want reconsider Obama’s tone-deafness that lead his administration to annouce that they aren’t taking any call’s from AZ enforcement regarding illegals only hours after the SCOTUS said the law was perfectly legal!

If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge I want to sell you, Ed.

This is the holy grail for them.

WisRich on June 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

The thing is, he can selectively enforce existing laws via EO’s. IF SCOTUS tosses the whole of O-Care, there is no law he choose to selectively enforce. I don’t see what EO he could issue to keep it afloat.

Bitter Clinger on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

Wish I shared your optimism.

Tim_CA on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

To force an unpopular bill down the throats of American voters, this time without the political cover of Congress? I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

Were you sleeping or under the influence of alcoholic beverages on Monday, Ed?

JPeterman on June 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Be assured the little dictator will continue to shred the Constitution and walk all over the rule of law.

rplat on June 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

…..And will Obama go Political Ballistic?!

If the Supreme Court overturns all or part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday,

President Obama will have a perfect excuse to get nail-spitting mad.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/27/if-the-health-care-law-is-overturned-anger-may-not-be-the-presidents-reaction/

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I don’t think most reasonable people have any idea what Dear Leader and his band of thugs will do…

d1carter on June 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

there is nothing the Republicans will impeach him for…nothing.

18-1 on June 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM

yo Eeyore you may want to check the make up of congress right now

DanMan on June 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

To force an unpopular bill down the throats of American voters, this time without the political cover of Congress? I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

Deaf dumb and blind is more like it.

GrannyDee on June 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Were you sleeping or under the influence of alcoholic beverages on Monday, Ed?

JPeterman on June 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Both if he genuinely meant that comment.

SWalker on June 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM

So…

Obama uses an Executive Order to impose a law on the people that the Supreme Court ruled as Unconstitutional?

Yes Please! I truly want the Press to try to spin this other than what it really is: a dictatorial edict.

As Maxine Waters says: Bring it on!

GadsdenRattlers on June 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The unfunny thing about Commie Tyrants -

They are Commies and they are Tyrants.

Nothing is beyond Obamuh.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Listen. Maobama cares about one thing more than anything else.
Himself.
At this point, what is more injurious to his ego- one and done Prez or a Prez that couldnt get HC for the people?

He does NOT want to be a one termer and will sacrifice anything to avoid that. Putting Obamacare in his rear view mirror for November helps him out tremendously. He’ll say- “He tried- heartless Repubs screwed the peeps” That’s the October meme on Obiecare- if Obiecare is even an issue to be talking about at all. Forgive and forget.

The issue of Obamacare will disappear from the media national stage faster than you can say ” Media censoring, by omission”

FlaMurph on June 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM

IF SCOTUS tosses the whole of O-Care, there is no law he choose to selectively enforce. I don’t see what EO he could issue to keep it afloat.

Bitter Clinger on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

No worries, King Obama will just make one up. It’s good to be King.

JPeterman on June 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

Ahhhh…you made need to reflect a bit more on recent history and recheck your “he gives a sh*t” metter

Any fool can see he would do it in a heartbeat!!!

winston on June 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

The operative question is, will Romney reverse those EOs?

Magic Eight Ball says, “Future cloudy.”

Steve Eggleston on June 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

The thing is, he can selectively enforce existing laws via EO’s. IF SCOTUS tosses the whole of O-Care, there is no law he choose to selectively enforce. I don’t see what EO he could issue to keep it afloat.

Bitter Clinger on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

I agree, it makes it tougher for them but they will find a way through administrative rules and regulations.

WisRich on June 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Oh dear god puleeeeze !!!!!

HelloLiberty on June 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM

will a President aiming for re-election in just four months use the oft-abused and unpopular EO process to reimpose parts of an already-unpopular bill that had just been shot down by the Supreme Court as an overreach on federal power? Perhaps, but they would be risking a huge amount of backlash

BO might try it, but the real message it sends is that of lawlessness and a disrespect on the part of a president that would never be tolerated by the citizenry. We have to tow the line. Others do not. This is a bigger issue than the pundits and media let on. There’s a lot of resentment out here. As most folks say around here, “We pay. They play.”

People are angry, very angry. Ignoring a SC ruling on the part of the president will be like throwing fuel on a raging fire. But that wouldn’t stop this administration.

This is what people are seeing and experiencing. One set of standards for a few people and an entirely different set for others.

Yes, Edwards was right about one thing….. there really are two Americas.

Cody1991 on June 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I would love to see him try it as well. Go ahead Barry, knock yourself out with the EOs. Oh, and don’t forget to have your patrons set you up with an early retirement villa on the Mediterranean.

DaveDief on June 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Obama will definitely begin issuing EO’s and instructing his Department heads to double down on rules and regulations to institutionaize Obamacare as much as possible.

If he wins reelection, then Obamacare is ahead of schedule.

If he loses, then it becomes a vendictive way to put Romney in a corner and make it much more difficult for him to exit Obamacare.

And Obama will not defer to the incoming President on such matters. I think he will double down even more during the lame duck period, even if it is to spite the Republicans.

As for his authority to issue EOs and new regulations, it depends on what the Supreme Court does. If it invalidates the entire law, then HHS will no longer have the authority to issue whatever regulations it wants to implement.

If only the mandate is struck down, the HHS still has complete authority and billions of remaining dollars to proceed as if nothing happened. They don’t need the mandate to issue rules and reguations that can’t be paid for because Congress essentially gave HHS compelet power over implemenation and unfunded mandates issued by the government do not require federal spending.

Unless the Court strikes the entire law, it is going to be a nightmare for the foreseeable future.

If the law stands; the economy falls.

How do we the people let things like this happen to our country?

BMF on June 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

…EO’s…recess appointments during ‘weekends’…Czars…etc.
and he can still draw the approval of almost half of America?
…wow!

KOOLAID2 on June 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

hilarious article canopfer, Obama looked like he ingested bath salts when that reporter shouted his question to him a couple of weeks ago

DanMan on June 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

That’s one EO I’ll just wipe my a** with.

tommyboy on June 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

JPeterman on June 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Have we welcomed you to the land of the free and the home of brave, lately..? while we discuss what laws our Dear Leader might promulgate on his own!

d1carter on June 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

let them eat cake!

unstinkingbelievable….screw scotus

it’s good to be the king

cmsinaz on June 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Oh please, please let him use an EO to pass this. That would surely seal his coffin. And barack is just egotistical enough to think that doing that will win him votes.

His reverse Midas touch and elementary school way of thinking are a baaaaaaad combination.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

People are angry, very angry.

The sociopath in chief wants us all very, very angry.

Right Mover on June 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

A conservative reporter, if one exists, should ask Romney if he supports as his first EO one that cancels ALL EOs written by his predecessor. He can then review each at his leisure to see if any have merit – highly unlikely in a sane universe.

LarryinLA on June 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

wellllll…they do like to double down.

cmsinaz on June 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

A cavalcade of political naivete:

If the whole bill gets overturned, then the executive authority to issue those kinds of mandates evaporates with it.

Choomie don’t need no steenking authority.

But the president couldn’t expand Medicaid on his own, or ration Medicare without congressional approval.

He sees his job description as expanding the Fed Leviathan without congressional approval.

Perhaps, but they would be risking a huge amount of backlash — and for what? To force an unpopular bill down the throats of American voters, this time without the political cover of Congress?

Tyrants don’t care.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Perhaps, but they would be risking a huge amount of backlash — and for what? To force an unpopular bill down the throats of American voters, this time without the political cover of Congress? I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

They are, the unprecedented arrogant/impertinent thugs, but the TEA party will not have spilled the strongest tea, yet. Such wrath no one has ever experienced.

Go ahead, Punk!

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Have we welcomed you to the land of the free and the home of brave, lately..? while we discuss what laws our Dear Leader might promulgate on his own!

d1carter on June 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I’m starting to become homesick :(

JPeterman on June 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

One of Ed’s best qualities; he’s always ready to see the best in people. I don’t think it’s warranted in this case, but still nice.

BettyRuth on June 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

what if a gop president did this part 10,321

cmsinaz on June 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Executive Orders? shouldn’t they be renamed something like…

Edicts?

Commands?

Proverbs?

Proclaimed Wisdom?

It is the word of Vaal!

BDavis on June 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

I think Honey Badger has the answer.

mwdiver on June 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

ooooh the tingling that would ensue if dear leader did that…

ALL HAIL!

cmsinaz on June 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

It is the word of Vaal!

BDavis on June 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

And – Vaal is Vaal!

OhEssYouCowboys on June 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I think he will make an EO out of the most popular parts of the law (e.g. 26 yr olds being considered children, no lifetime cost caps, Pre-existing conditions cannot be cause for denial, etc). It doesn’t matter that even though some insurance companies will keep these in place anyway, nor that his EO will have actual power, he will then assume credit.

Besides, if an EO is unpopular, the media won’t breathe a word of it to anyone

matthew26 on June 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Let’s see Barry, King Of Siam, try this one.

“I shall declare that there be universal coverage. The insurance companies will cooperate, the people will buy the policies, etc. etc. etc.”

teke184 on June 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The Great OZ has spoken!!

BeachBum on June 27, 2012 at 1:17 PM

King 0bama will be very mad that he has been thwarted and lash out like a toddler that didn’t get their dessert. The EOs will be flying out fast & furious.

jukin3 on June 27, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I would expect this from the corrupt Emperor. Another example of his wanton disdain for America is his GIVING seven Alaskan islands to Russia, along with their massive oil rights fishing rights…all without Congressional approval (probably aimed at crippling the Alaskan economy). Here is one of many links on the matter: http://congressmantomtancredo.com/latest-sabotage-obama-marxist-mole-steals-inhabited-oil-rich-alaskan-territory-for-russia/ (or you can do a web search of your own).

It doesn’t matter if American citizens do not fall under the umbrella of his EOs, if his enforcers like the TSA, IRS, and Military/LEOs believe he has that power…he does.

xmanvietnam on June 27, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Executive Orders? shouldn’t they be renamed something like…
Edicts?
Commands?
Proverbs?
Proclaimed Wisdom?
It is the word of Vaal!

I believe the correct phraseology is “So Let it be Written, So Let it be Done.”

JFKY on June 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

First of all, how can he reinstate the mandate through executive order? Secondly, even the spineless Republicans in Congress will start openly talking impeachment if he does that. And thirdly, Obamacare and the mandate are both very unpopular with the public, so trying to force them on the public a second time if the Supreme Court strikes either one down would effectively hand Romney the White House in a landslide.

Doughboy on June 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The Great OAZZ has spoken!!

BeachBum on June 27, 2012 at 1:17 PM

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM

The sick thing is:

Zero DOES think that he’s Vaal … or the King of Siam … or the Great Oz … or Solomon.

I guess that the only thing more disgusting than a Commie … an American Commie … is a narcissistic American Commie, with delusions of grandeur.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM

With that in mind, will a President aiming for re-election in just four months use the oft-abused and unpopular EO process to reimpose parts of an already-unpopular bill that had just been shot down by the Supreme Court as an overreach on federal power?

This has to be one of the dumbest questions I’ve ever seen.

A tyrant who has shown that he’ll do whatever the hell he wants, America be damned, and who turned around right after a SCOTUS ruling and did ILLEGALLY exactly what he had petitioned the court to do because he claimed that he couldn’t … and you are asking about about his willingness to do the same thing for a law that was always unpopular as the miserable piece of sh!t forced it through after it had been killed 6 times …

Honestly, have you been watching what’s been happening in this country and what the tyrant in the Oval Office has been doing? Seriously.

People asking stupid questions like this is exactly why America has allowed itself to be dragged into a tyranny with NO CONTROLS OR LIMITS WHATSOEVER on the Executive. WTFFF?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Don’t underestimate Captain EO.

portlandon on June 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Not nearly enough people were outraged over the EO regarding immigration.

Can you imagine if Bush had used an EO to enforce the Patriot Act before it had been passed? That’s the level out outrage that there SHOULD be for the amnesty EO, but isn’t.

Color my cynical for anyone to hold President Obama responsible for any constitution trampling he’s done. The ACA never should have been passed.

Violina23 on June 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Tone Deaf? What was that you said?

fistbump on June 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

But the president couldn’t expand Medicaid on his own, or ration Medicare without congressional approval.

Like he cares about that. He’s not allowed to send US troops to a combat zone for more than 60 days w/o Congressional approval, and yet he did just that. He’s not allowed to rewrite our immigration laws w/o Congressional approval and yet he did just that. So tell me again how he cannot expand Medicaid or whatever without Congress?

rcpjr on June 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

I’ll add this to what’s already been said.

This administration is not rational nor does it care what people think. BHO is a far cry from Clinton who did actually pay attention.

This administration has consistently shown it has contempt for the rule of law or any executive restraints, and it will overreach and grab power.

This overreach has been ramping up and becoming more arrogant. Monday should have been enough of an example for everyone.

I won’t be surprised at anything this crowd does. Dismayed and appalled, but not surprised.

INC on June 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

trying to force them on the public a second time if the Supreme Court strikes either one down would effectively hand Romney the White House in a landslide.

Doughboy on June 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM

If he “allows” a vote in November.

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

It’s that tone deaf.

When you are perfect whatever you do is just the right thing.

Fred 2 on June 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

If he “allows” a vote in November.

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I don’t think it’ll come to that. I assume Obama doesn’t want to be forcibly removed from the White House. That wouldn’t look good in the history books.

Doughboy on June 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

It’s not clear to me exactly how much of Obamacare can be reinstated via executive order. It’s certainly conceivable that the president could issue costly mandates that affect private insurers. But the president couldn’t expand Medicaid on his own, or ration Medicare without congressional approval.

HUH!? Manchurian just signed illegal immigration into law, AGAINST ALL LAWS ON BOOKS, I can’t recall ANYTHING that either side of Congress is doing about it.

riddick on June 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

AS he has not been impeached for Fast and Furious, seizing the auto industry, or his Libyan adventure, there is nothing the Republicans will impeach him for…nothing.

18-1 on June 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I think a move like this would be the last straw, even for Boehner. It’s the aggregation of this bullsh!t that enough people would start to push back, because if they didn’t, they’d be seen as the ones who “let it happen”. One of the major objectives for 2010 elections is to put a stop to this a$$clown.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I think a move like this would be the last straw, even for Boehner.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

And his move two days ago, to declare that he wouldn’t enforce the law if Arizona reported illegals to ICE, which is exactly the law he cried to the SCOTUS about having to enforce, wasn’t enough?

No. Nothing will get this America-hating tyrannical piece of sh!t impeached. Boehner, like Ed, here, is too much of a wimp or an idiot to even acknowledge what’s going on. America has already slid so far down the rabbit-hole that it’s near impossible to recover.

We are a lawless land and people on the “right” are still ascribing good motives and rationality to the Stalin in the White House. After every offense to our COnstitution and our nation they ask the same question again, “Will he do —-? It would be unpopular …” right after he just did it. THis is why America is almost dead. Because of these cowards on the “right” who are scared to acknowledge what we all see. No surprise. This has been going on for 4 years, already.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

IF it is true, and he does have EOs ready, then he knows the outcome and the entire law will not be overturned–just certain parts. No?

Youngs98 on June 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

But the president couldn’t expand Medicaid on his own, or ration Medicare without congressional approval.

BWAHAHAHA!! :;wipes tear: Funniest thing I’ve read all day.

Oh wait: he was serious?

Physics Geek on June 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I’m not sure that even this administration is that tone-deaf.

That’s a joke, right Ed?

JusDreamin on June 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

“if we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson

The Pretence in Chief.

kirkill on June 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

If he does this, states should just refuse to comply and inform insurers that if they do comply with an EO on a law struck down by the SCOTUS that they will face enormous fines. What will O do then? What can he do? Throw a hissy fit and cry like a little baby is about it. I’m not worried about this and hope the idiot in the White House does try it. Not only will it not get him anywhere, it will all but guarantee his loss in November.

gmerits on June 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

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