Chad’s Morning Brief: 11 Republican Attorneys General Say Obama is Breaking the Law, 2014 a Very Important Year for City Elections, and Other Top Stories
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of January 3, 2014. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am. Remember, you can listen online at KFYO.com or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.
Breaking the Law?
Eleven Republican attorneys general are criticizing the Obama Administration over the use of executive action when changing the rules and law of Obamacare according to The Hill.
Eleven GOP attorneys general say the Obama administration is breaking the law by repeatedly making changes to ObamaCare without going through Congress.
The attorneys general specifically criticize President Obama's executive action that allowed insurance companies to keep offering health plans that had been canceled for not meeting ObamaCare's more rigorous standards.
“We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action,” the attorneys general wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The illegal actions by this administration must stop.”They say the healthcare fix was “flatly illegal under federal constitutional and statutory law.”HHS did not respond to a request for comment.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wrote the letter, which was signed by his counterparts in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.
Signatories include Gregg Abbott of Texas — who’s running for governor this year — and Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia.
James D. “Buddy” Caldwell of Louisiana was previously a member of the Democratic Party, but switched to the GOP in 2011.
Republicans have often criticized the administration for making changes to the law after the fact. Other switches included the decision to delay the employer insurance mandate for a year, something many lawmakers said should have required a congressional vote.
Obama changed the law to allow insurance companies to allow canceled plans after coming under criticism when millions of people found out their plans were no longer being offered despite Obama's repeated promise that under ObamaCare, people would be able to keep their insurance plans if they liked them.
Well that's nice that 11 AG's agree on this but my question is this, what are they going to do about it? Will Congress do anything? Or will we continue to just see strongly worded letters that have no real impact.
2014 and the Lubbock City Council
Is the City of Lubbock moving to the left? That question could be answered this year as we have an important election coming up for the Lubbock City Council. Districts 1, 3, and 5 along with Mayor are all up for election. In my opinion, Councilman Victor Hernandez is safe for re-election. I wish that wasn't the case but I haven't seen anything to prove me wrong.
District 3 is wide open as Councilman Todd Klein will not be seeking re-election. One candidate, Maurice Stanley, has already announced he will run for the seat. Stanley will appear on Monday's edition of The Chad Hasty Show. I expect to see a few other names be tossed around for the District 3 seat in the coming weeks.
District 5 Councilwoman Karen Gibson is running for re-election. She has been pretty high on big government/nanny state issues. Will that force a challenger to emerge? Those who want smaller government better hope so.
If the citizens of Lubbock want to see this council make a right turn and get away from the leftist ways it has been leaning, the elections in Districts 3 and 5 will prove to be very important. Will small government politicians stand up to run? That remains to be seen but I hope so. If this council continues to move to the left it will be disastrous for the City of Lubbock.
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