This is the first of several articles that will present an overall view of our federal government and what it is doing on a number of fronts. Some measures are already affecting our lives. Others are certain to evolve in the not too distant future. Not only will the quality of our lives suffer, but unless we become angry enough to speak out and allow our voices to protest what the Obama administration has in store for us, future generations will be saddled with what we allowed to happen all because we were too busy, disinterested or too lackadaisical to care until it was too late.
Nowadays, turning on the radio or the TV and even surfing the web can be hazardous to ones health. Lie after lie after lie is being exposed. Some days it seems as if the Obama administration is collapsing, but nothing ever sticks to our Teflon-like President or members of his administration that would have otherwise brought the previous administration to its knees and even worse.
Now that Congress is home on its August break, ObamaCare is on the front burner as legislators not afraid of answering questions from their constituents are conducting public town-hall-style meetings. But even before noting some of the monstrosities that make up the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), it is well to remember that real laws have been broken by the White House in the interim before the law goes into effect on January 1, 2014.
As George F. Will, one of today's most recognized writers featured in more than 450 newspapers, wrote in a commentary titled: "Obama Ignores Laws, Like Nixon": “Barack Obama's increasingly grandiose claims for presidential power are inversely proportional to his shriveling presidency.”
In quoting what President Obama said about his decision to unilaterally rewrite the Affordable Care Act, he said:
In a normal political environment, it would have been easier for me to simply call up the speaker and say, you know what, this is a tweak that doesn't go to the essence of the law. . . it looks like there may be some better ways to do this, let's make a technical change to the law. That would be the normal thing that I would prefer to do. But we're not in a normal atmosphere around here when it comes to Obamacare. We did have the executive authority to do so, and we did so.
Since Obamacare was passed in March of 2010, the administration has failed to adhere to half of its own legal deadlines:
- A mandate that employers provide insurance next year or pay a penalty has been delayed for at least a year;
- laws dictating that people applying for federal subsidies to buy insurance had to provide proof that they were eligible for government aid were scaled back;
- suspended for a year were sharp limits on out-of-pocket costs to be paid for health care insurance by enrollees; and
- members of Congress and Hill staffers will keep health-care subsidies under Obamacare.
Despite the illegal changes made to the Affordable Care Act by the White House and the Obama administration, both insist that on October 1st the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges will go live online; that is, unless the push by conservatives to defund Obamacare in both the House and the Senate can be realized. There is presently great angst over how well these online exchanges will function when millions of Americans to try to log on and choose their own healthcare coverage.