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Illegal Fix?

President Obama announced his "fix" for Obamacare yesterday. Obama's plan is to allow insurance companies to continue selling the sub-standard plans. Even though those plans violate the law. Just one of the problems with that is that the President can't change the law himself. Many, including the Heritage Foundation, claim that the President may be violating the law by bypassing Congress.

President Obama has told Obamacare’s critics that the law is “settled” and “here to stay.” But today he is saying he’ll violate the law to put a Band-Aid on it for another year. That’s in addition to the one-year delay in the employer mandate and numerous other “fixes” and delays.

The President is announcing his “fix” to the problem of millions of canceled policies: According to press reports, the President’s “plan would allow people to keep their plans into 2014,” by allowing the sale of insurance plans that don’t meet the law’s new requirements.

There’s one problem—the President’s promise that his new “plan” can allow people to keep their plans is just as flawed and false as his original “like your plan/keep it” pledge. The law itself is clear: Obamacare’s new benefit mandates—the requirement to cover all individuals with pre-existing conditions, the new “essential benefits,” and mandates increasing the percentage of health costs insurance plans must cover—all take effect on January 1, 2014.

As any follower of Schoolhouse Rock will know, there’s only one institution that can change the law: Congress. President Obama’s “plan” attempts to ignore them entirely. The President’s proposal is but the latest in a long line of waivers and unilateral changes made in a futile attempt to repair an inherently unworkable law.

The ultimate “fix” lies with Congress, and it’s a simple one: Undo this unfair, unworkable, and unpopular law that never should have been passed in the first place.

Will Congress allow the President to get away with this again? I suspect the answer is yes.

Cruz vs. Clintons

Senator Ted Cruz has decided to take on the Clintons in what could be a preview of 2016. According to the Daily Caller, Cruz said that Bill Clinton was protecting Hillary on Obamacare.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said that former President Bill Clinton’s comment earlier this week that people should be able to keep their health insurance plans was an attempt to protect his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and her future presidential aspirations from the disastrous Obamacare rollout.

“Congressional Democrats are desperately running for the hills,” Cruz told reporters Thursday. “It was striking, just a few days ago, President Bill Clinton deliberately throwing overboard President [Barack] Obama and Obamacare. And I think that suggests an effort to insulate Hillary Clinton from the manifest failure that is Obamacare.”

Cruz made his remarks in the style of a pre-prepared speech, complete with dramatic pauses, to reporters who cornered him by the elevator shortly after Obama announced an administrative fix to allow people to keep their insurance plans for at least one year. Congressmen have been clamoring for a fix as millions of American lose their health insurance plans and Obamacare’s alternatives prove to be much more expensive without providing adequate coverage.


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