Krauthammer: These ObamaCare changes are getting so endemic, “nobody even complains” anymore

posted at 8:51 pm on February 10, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

They have a whole heap of regulations still left to write (at least $1.4 billion in annual compliance costs’ worth, by one estimate), but the employer mandate was part of the actual text of the law. Where is it written that they can just make at-will changes ad infinitum? Watch it at RCP:

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Generally speaking, you get past the next election by changing your policies, by announcing new initiatives, but not by wantonly changing the law, lawlessly. I mean, this is stuff that you do in a banana republic. It’s as if the law is simply a blackboard on which Obama writes any number he wants, any delay he wants and any provision. It’s now reached a point where it is so endemic that nobody even notices or complains. I think if the complaints had started with the first arbitrary changes, and these are are not adjustments or transitions. These are political decisions to minimize the impact leading up to an election, and it’s changing the law in a way that you are not allowed to do. … It’s not incompetence. Willful breaking of the constitutional order — where in the Constitution is the president allowed to alter a law 27 times after it’s been passed?

And besides the utter lawlessness of the whole thing, there’s still the question of the tangible price of the White House’s non-legislative mood swings: After the Obama administration’s initial employer-mandate suspension through 2015 that they made back in July, the CBO estimated that it would add an additional $12 billion onto the total cost of ObamaCare because employers wouldn’t be paying penalties (i.e., taxes) on not insuring people, while more people would likely need to seek subsidized insurance through the exchanges because their employers wouldn’t be required to offer it yet. Won’t delaying the employer mandate again add at least ten billion or so more onto the total ObamaCare price tag? Especially if the Obama administration does decide to go through with the rumored (and, incidentally, also lawless) three-year extension of the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” fix for the cancelled plans in the individual market, doesn’t that all increase the likelihood of major “risk corridor” bailouts and/or the law’s fiscal implosion? What is going on?!


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…it’s changing the law in a way that you are not allowed to do. … It’s not incompetence. Willful breaking of the constitutional order — where in the Constitution is the president allowed to alter a law 27 times after it’s been passed? — C. Krauthammer

We are not seeing a transformation, but a transmogrification (in a grotesque way, and not at all humorous.)

He may have a pen and a phone, but we still have the power of the ballot — if anyone stays home this November and does not help to elect leaders that will stop this slippery slope, we will slide into an abyss that future generations will spend lifetimes trying to get out of.

CPRforAmerica on February 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

How about a challenge to the created/renamed unconstitutional tax that SCOTUS bestowed upon us back in June? With luck (and a boatload of honesty), SCOTUS will strike down that which it unconstitutionally imposed upon the American people AND (with a fleetload of honesty) strike down that which the Misguided Ones strove to mightily to save.

THEN zero can take his lawless attitude and…(yes, rotation does come into play in this scenario)

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

The John Roberts SCOTUS is part of the problem.

The 5 who sided with him on Obamacare are amongst those who DESERVE PROSECUTION WITH OBAMA…

THEIR OPINIONS BE DAMMED.

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

If I were the Republicans, I would vote tomorrow on a three year delay for the individual mandate and send it to the Senate immediately. Have the Dems take a vote on it.

BelleStarre on February 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

How far has our Republic fallen? To the point I AM PRAYING that our Military DOES TO OBAMA WHAT THE EGYPTIAN MILITARY DID TO MORSI!!!!

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Little Boots is aware of that possibility, why do you think he has purged military leadership???

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

No arguement from me about that…don’t like “living breathing Constitution” libs as judges no how.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

If Obama can bypass Congress and do anything he wants, then let’s do the same and impeach him and remove him from office without the consent of Congress.

The Rogue Tomato on February 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Little Boots is aware of that possibility, why do you think he has purged military leadership???

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Difference here is Stalin MURDERED all the Generals who weren’t loyal to him. Obama didn’t. They are still here, alive, capable, and will lead the Revolution to oust the Dictator Obama and RESTORE the Republic.

In other words, even at Stalinism Obama is a FAIL.

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Some say: ‘Obama is once again moving the Goal Posts’.

I say: ‘Obama is once again moving the Guillotine’

VorDaj on February 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

If I were the Republicans, I would vote tomorrow on a three year delay for the individual mandate and send it to the Senate immediately. Have the Dems take a vote on it.

BelleStarre on February 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

First, the GOP doesn’t have the stones to do this. Second, Reid and Obama’s cronies probably wouldn’t even allow it to be voted on. And third, even IF it was voted on and passed by the Dims, Obama would veto it.

He would veto it?!? YES, he would veto it. Because he wants the power to pick and choose the groups that get delays and exemptions. He wouldn’t allow Congress to dictate to HIM what happens with ObamaGlitch.

Left_is_Wrong on February 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Newtie,

OK, frog marching would be fun. We could do that.

captnjoe on February 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Better to frogmarch the Traitors to the Republic to the gaol than goosestep for the Regime.

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Newtie,

OK, frog marching would be fun. We could do that.

captnjoe on February 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

If Obama can bypass Congress and do anything he wants, then let’s do the same and impeach him and remove him from office without the consent of Congress.

The Rogue Tomato on February 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Interesting idea, doubt it could gain popular support enough to gain traction.

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

If Obama can bypass Congress and do anything he wants, then let’s do the same and impeach him and remove him from office without the consent of Congress.

The Rogue Tomato on February 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Now this would be fun!

captnjoe on February 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM

If Obama can bypass Congress and do anything he wants, then let’s do the same and impeach him and remove him from office without the consent of Congress.

The Rogue Tomato on February 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Obama has violated his Oath and declared himself a TRAITOR to the Republic. In his military role as “commander in chief” it’s actually the DUTY of his subordinates to disobey his orders and arrest him!

Same as a rogue officer or even general would be.

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Here is secret video of 0bama, at another time, saying he can do whatever he wants:

Must have been during a date with Reggie. Barry is wearing a bit too much makeup.

LegendHasIt on February 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM

There was a man in Eqypt who was elected and then came to think he was Pharoah. The Egyptian military acting on behalf of, and supported by, true Egyptians now have him in a small cell. I don’t know it it’s padded or not. Too bad we don’t have a loyal to America and it’s Constitution militarily more along the lines of what the Egyptians are fortunate enough to have. This is largely because the man who thinks he is Pharaoh has purged American military generals who are not loyal to him personally. If only we could exchange our current military generals for theirs.

VorDaj on February 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Obama will continue to thumb his nose at the Constitution as long as the Congress lets him. The Democrats sacrificed their responsibility to the constitution a long time ago but it’s the Republicans that have me astonished. To me, Boehner needs to say, right now, there will be no negotiation on raising the debt, on budgets or anything else until this President sends a proposal to Congress on what he feels needs to be done to straighten out the ACA and it goes through the normal legislative process. If Harry Reid doesn’t allow votes on the House legislation, he’ll be the one stopping progress. If Obama continues to be lawless, he’ll be the one stopping progress. Hold the money because that’s all you have, but you have to do it now and mean it.

bflat879 on February 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Obama will continue to thumb his nose at the Constitution as long as the Congress lets him. The Democrats sacrificed their responsibility to the constitution a long time ago but it’s the Republicans that have me astonished. To me, Boehner needs to say, right now, there will be no negotiation on raising the debt, on budgets or anything else until this President sends a proposal to Congress on what he feels needs to be done to straighten out the ACA and it goes through the normal legislative process. If Harry Reid doesn’t allow votes on the House legislation, he’ll be the one stopping progress. If Obama continues to be lawless, he’ll be the one stopping progress. Hold the money because that’s all you have, but you have to do it now and mean it.

bflat879 on February 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

This is why it’s actually MORE IMPORTANT to get rid of the COWARDLY RINOS than it is to win majorities.

A determined minority can do more to save the Republic right now than this weak ass majority.

For instance, YOU CANNOT ARGUE that Congressmen HAVE NO STANDING to launch 535 lawsuits against Obama’s defiance of law!

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

There was a man in Eqypt who was elected and then came to think he was Pharoah. The Egyptian military acting on behalf of, and supported by, true Egyptians now have him in a small cell. I don’t know it it’s padded or not. Too bad we don’t have a loyal to America and it’s Constitution militarily more along the lines of what the Egyptians are fortunate enough to have. This is largely because the man who thinks he is Pharaoh has purged American military generals who are not loyal to him personally. If only we could exchange our current military generals for theirs.

VorDaj on February 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

As I’ve said, I am PRAYING our military does to Obama what their counterparts in Egypt did to Obama’s buddy Morsi.

They have every justification to do so!

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Sorry, that’s just folly, imo. Even when/if all was said and done, it would require the tyrants in DC – who are already wiping their butts with the Constitution itself – to abide by it.

Now, what on earth would lead anyone to think that they would do that?

Midas on February 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

It’s not folly. It’s the only ENFORCEABLE means left to impose new laws on a lawless Federal Government. The federal government has proven, obviously, that they are not willing to adhere to the law or even their own rules.

But Constitutional Amendments are different. They either adhere to Constitutional Amendments, or they are sued, they lose, and then the Judicial branch forces them to adhere.

For example, an Amendment passed in a States Convention that imposes term limits on Congress, or says that Congress SHALL pass a balanced budget every year, or if an Amendment is passed taking away Congress’ ability to give themselves pay raises, all of these things they either DO or they are sued and the Judicial forces them to do.

Constitutional Amendments give the States and the people Constitutional standing to sue and force the federal government to adhere to it.

Left_is_Wrong on February 10, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Re-read what you wrote, perhaps slowly…

They are openly violating the Constitution *now*.

And you think that adding some amendments will suddenly make them feel as though they need to abide by *them*?

If there are, as you suggest, consequences if they don’t, um… there are consequences for violating the Constitution *now* – they don’t seem overly concerned with *those* consequences, so again – why the hell would you think they’d suddenly feel the need to obey a ‘new-and-improved’ Constitution?

You really think they wouldn’t simply waive it, find people in the judiciary to invalidate it (ahem, Justice Roberts), or otherwise just ignore it?

Wow. After all we’ve seen already. Unreal.

Midas on February 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

As I’ve said, I am PRAYING our military does to Obama what their counterparts in Egypt did to Obama’s buddy Morsi.

They have every justification to do so!

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Once upon a time I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. No where does it say our military can do that-unlike both Egypt & Turkey’s respective constitutions which explicitly charge the military with that duty.

We’ve had bad Presidents before and we always flush them away like a bad turd.

So kindly pull your head out of your arse. My friends and I, and their friends too-we’ve seen enough of war to last us quite a while.

That is all.

SgtSVJones on February 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM

He may have a pen and a phone, but we still have the power of the ballot — if anyone stays home this November and does not help to elect leaders that will stop this slippery slope, we will slide into an abyss that future generations will spend lifetimes trying to get out of.

CPRforAmerica on February 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

*sigh*

Voting… I’m pretty sure that just isn’t a viable path any longer. It’s little more at this point than kabuki that we get to participate in that gives a small amount of catharsis and the illusion that we can actually have control of some kind. The reality is something… quite a bit less.

‘… help elect leaders that will stop this slippery slope…’ Sure, if they’re on the ballot. I’m not voting for any that have demonstrated that they’re pretty content to slide on down that slope.

Midas on February 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Voting… I’m pretty sure that just isn’t a viable path any longer. It’s little more at this point than kabuki that we get to participate in that gives a small amount of catharsis and the illusion that we can actually have control of some kind. The reality is something… quite a bit less.

‘… help elect leaders that will stop this slippery slope…’ Sure, if they’re on the ballot. I’m not voting for any that have demonstrated that they’re pretty content to slide on down that slope.

Midas on February 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Elections mean nothing if Congress can ignore their constituents, if the President can ignore Congress and the Constitution, and if judges can ignore EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING!!!

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Once upon a time I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. No where does it say our military can do that-unlike both Egypt & Turkey’s respective constitutions which explicitly charge the military with that duty.

We’ve had bad Presidents before and we always flush them away like a bad turd.

So kindly pull your head out of your arse. My friends and I, and their friends too-we’ve seen enough of war to last us quite a while.

That is all.

SgtSVJones on February 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM

You are technically correct – sorta. If you took the standard oath for joining any branch of the military this was part “… against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.

It does not say implicitly or explicitly what the definition of enemies would be. We are a country founded on the principle of a civilian government in complete control of the military for good reasons – mostly to assure that no one person can declare themselves dictator through use of the military (in my opinion, other opinions vary).

In our system it is up to the Legislative Branch to deem the head of the Executive Branch unfit and remove them. In the event that the general population decides that neither branch is fit to “serve”… well, hasn’t happened yet (unless you count the civil war and that’s iffy) so I’m unsure what recourse there would be other than revolution. I hope I am not here to see that happen, though if history is any guide it will happen eventually.

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

P.S. When it does happen I expect our military will follow your logic and stand down while it awaits resolution of the crises, unfortunately that would be an anomaly in the history of nations if it did.

NiteOwl on February 11, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Once upon a time I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. No where does it say our military can do that-unlike both Egypt & Turkey’s respective constitutions which explicitly charge the military with that duty.

We’ve had bad Presidents before and we always flush them away like a bad turd.

So kindly pull your head out of your arse. My friends and I, and their friends too-we’ve seen enough of war to last us quite a while.

That is all.

SgtSVJones on February 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM

From your userid I take it you were a Sgt. Enlisted men take a mixed, and quite illogical, oath to both the President and the United States Constitution. Officers take an unambiguous sworn oath only to the United States Constitution, with no mention even in passing to a President, any President, not Hitler, not Obama. That was by design, not by some kind of accidental miswording or the inadvertent leaving out of any even mention of a Present.

“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71)”

VorDaj on February 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

VorDaj on February 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

You would be mistaken. SgtSVJones has never served active duty. He took the moniker to honor a family member.

NiteOwl on February 11, 2014 at 12:08 AM

OMG!

Did Krauthammer really just say “Obama”, “Banana Republic” and “Blackboard” together?

How racist can you get! /sarc

OxyCon on February 11, 2014 at 12:21 AM

OMG!

Did Krauthammer really just say “Obama”, “Banana Republic” and “Blackboard” together?

How racist can you get! /sarc

OxyCon on February 11, 2014 at 12:21 AM

It’s the new Republic! We are fundamentally changed. Anything critical of Obama is racist, so you might as well go full bore!/s

NiteOwl on February 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM

What is going on?!

Indonesian under Sukarno. Why is anyone surprised?

America voted for Suicide By Indonesian (twice!) and that’s exactly what we got.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 11, 2014 at 4:51 AM

It’s cute that some of you think politicians will fix what they themselves broke. But keep on flogging that dead horse.

gryphon202 on February 11, 2014 at 5:44 AM

In our system it is up to the Legislative Branch to deem the head of the Executive Branch unfit and remove them. In the event that the general population decides that neither branch is fit to “serve”… well, hasn’t happened yet (unless you count the civil war and that’s iffy) so I’m unsure what recourse there would be other than revolution. I hope I am not here to see that happen, though if history is any guide it will happen eventually.

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Two steps, my friend: Nullification, and constitutional amendment. I am indeed an incrementalist, but now we must take steps that a solid majority of Americans are not ready to take. I weep for my republic.

gryphon202 on February 11, 2014 at 5:46 AM

To the degree that Congress allows this to happen without putting up a fight, they are guilty of acquiescing to this power grab. One has to wonder, what exactly does Obama have to do in order to get Congress to act on their own Constitutional duties and responsibilities? Maybe if he delayed their paychecks they might react…

Congress allows Barack Obama to exercise his inner John Marshall… and they will live to regret it.

imperfectamerica on February 11, 2014 at 6:39 AM

I mean, this is stuff that you do in a banana republic.

I think I’m going to start calling him Banana Obama, since he treats this nation like a banana republic.

sadatoni on February 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM

If you like your law…

Nope, you can’t keep your law. Obama will just decree it changed tomorrow.

CJ on February 11, 2014 at 7:35 AM

We are talking about the gutless wonders, the GOP. Why would anyone expect them to say anything or do anything? They are perfectly willing to expand government and be losers. Give up on them doing anything to save this country!

flytier on February 11, 2014 at 7:35 AM

It’ll end on the streets with the last of us that refused to comply being rounded up.

Killed or captured is a personal choice.

wolly4321 on February 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

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I have read a few comments like the above on this site and the only event major enough, in my view, to cause DHS to engage with citizens on a large scale would be the total collaspe of the $USD. A couple of triggers for that to happen could be (1) Oil is no longer valued and traded in petro dollars, (2) global banking crises with resulatant demand side recession/depression, or (3) $USD is no longer a reserve currency.

As long as the $USD remains the sole reserve currency, we can consume more that we produce; which is our stopgap for bad economic and fiscal policies that both partes are guilty of making.

All else is wish casting brought on by understandable frustration on the right by what is happening in Washington and made worse starting in 2007 when Pelosi took the gavel and President Obama being elected twice.

Willing to listen, but what am I missing? Not painting you as an Alex Jones type, but I just think your comment is more frustration than reality. Finally, I also do not think you are looking forward to such a confrontation, thus maybe wish casting was the wrong term?

HonestLib on February 11, 2014 at 7:36 AM

I spent time in the Philippines during the martial law years under Marcos.

Barry and his bunch remind me a lot of old Ferdinand.

dinahmoehumm on February 11, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Where in the hell is Congress’s oversight on the Executive Branch? Is this treason of a sitting President to just go and change laws at will?!!!! King Obama is destroying the very moral fabric of America. The Constitution is a document to be enforced!! This is not Cuba or Russia for God’s sake.

karlinsync on February 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

@HonestLib

It’s so refreshing to see a Liberal with a calm and respectful attitude. It’s greatly appreciated, at least on my part.

How about let’s start with the Democrats admitting that the ACA as written is a monstrosity that needs to be euthanized immediately. Instead they are refusing to talk about it in some cases, and living in LaLa Land in other cases.

Republicans have put forward their own Health Care plans. These plans may be sh*t too. But hey, they’re at least trying now. The consequences of repealing the ACA with nothing to replace it would be an electoral disaster for Republicans, and I think they know that now.

So get your buddies to admit we need to start over.

TexasJack on February 11, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Let’s work this out HonestLib. That should be on the tongue of EVERY U.S. politician.

Sadly, it isn’t. And until it is, then this is where we’ll stay.

TexasJack on February 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Yet the House knuckles under with merely a wimper. Because he is black? Because they will be blamed? Because the consultant class assures them their chances in Nov will be diminished?

What about what is best for the country? If you can’t govern with the purse, why should we vote for you?

Starlink on February 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Correct – but vote GOP again in November, because or something! And you’re a terrorist coward if you don’t!

Midas on February 11, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Just WHO and HOW are we going to cure our problem with this law-breaker?

ultracon on February 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

That is because not one single representative in Washington, politicians who SWORE AN OATH ON A BIBLE to protect and deefend this nation’s Constitution and Rule of Law, has had the backbone, morals, ethics, and determination to honor that oath made to God and the American people.

Not one has screamed out about how Obama is undermining the very foundations upon which this nation was built and on which we have exuisted for over 200 years!

Not one politicians has done what they should have – publicly, daily berate Obama for violating both the LAW as well as the Constitution…more than 2,500 times, which is how many times he has modified Obamacare through waivers on his own, by-passing Congress illegally to do so!

Not one politician has bothered to attempt to do what their duty and oath of office calls for — IMPEACHMENT OF BARACK OBAMA FOR CRIMES AND VIOLATIONS AGAINST THE AWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND AGAINST THE U.S. CONSTITUTION!

By NOT doing anything, by not speaking out, Obama’s illegal / Un-Constitutional actions have become like ‘Illegal Immigration’. Illegal immigration has been tolerated for so long, down-played for so long, that people have forgotten that ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is a CRIME being perpetrated DAILY against the American people. this administration is even aiding and abetting those CRIMES…but no one hardly cares because we have been indoctrinated into accepting it. The same thing is / has been done with Obama’s CRIMES against this nation!

easyt65 on February 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I mean, this is stuff that you do in a banana republic.

Looks like Krauthammer was right again.

The United States ranked 46 on Reporters Without Borders’ annual World Press Freedom Index, a significant drop from last year’s ranking of 32.

The report, released Wednesday, places the United States just above Haiti and just below Romania… “There has been little improvement in practice under Barack Obama,” the report continues.

Terp Mole on February 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I’ve been screaming at my television every time Obama has issued one of his executive orders in voilation of his Constitutional authorities. I have not been able to figure out why the GOP has not stood up against him.

randy on February 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

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