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Obama's A La Carte Enforcement

Barack Obama's administration has, yet again, decided to unilaterally delay another part of ObamaCare.

The latest delay is for insurers and employers as it relates to capping out-of-pocket expenses. The administration delayed for one year (2015) the requirement that insurers limit out-of-pocket expenses to $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. This will allow them a grace period to get their computer systems in place or something. Isn't that nice for them? Meanwhile, the rest of you individuals will get no such waiver for an adjustment period.

This just adds to the growing list of exemptions and unilateral delays that are making a mockery of ObamaCare and our system of laws. First we have the delay of the employer mandate until after the mid-term election and then we had the decision to essentially exempt Congress and its staffers from having to play by the same rules as average Americans who are forced into ObamaCare exchanges.

In other words, ObamaCare isn't ready to be forced on the American people. But rather than delaying it – preferably permanently – Obama has taken to asserting new-found powers as president, which I've yet to discover in our Constitution. The fact is that ObamaCare is the law and nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the president has the unilateral authority to simply ignore laws or change them. Yet this is exactly what is happening and it is dangerous if we put it in a larger context.

ObamaCare is just a recent example of Obama acting outside his authority as outlined in the Constitution. Obama feels no need to involve Congress in certain circumstances or to enforce the laws, which the last time I checked was what the executive branch existed for: Article II, Section 3 states, “[The President] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed....” Yet the examples of Obama failing to do this are piling up: ObamaCare, immigration, DOMA, mandatory drug sentencing, the GM bailout. These are all examples where Obama has taken an a la carte approach to enforcing our laws, picking and choosing which ones he wants to enforce and which ones he'd like to change and make up his own rules. He's also stated many times that he is not going to wait around for Congress to take action on a whole host of issues including gun control, climate change, education, jobs, immigration. Apparently the separation of powers is completely useless to this president.

Senator Rand Paul and a few others have called out this president's actions as being what they are: Illegal. No matter which president is in the White House, he is sidestepping our Constitution and fundamentally undermining the rule of law and this is something we cannot tolerate.