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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Obamacare Delayed (for Some)

Lots of reactions on this one. Frankly, the whole ACA in general and the odious HHS contraceptive/sterilization/abortifiacient mandate in particular needs to be scrapped. On the other hand, it's also a bit worrisome about the state of affairs in the country that the President can wield this much power over duly passed laws (the ACA was passed by both houses and signed by the president, after all--even if I think that it was a mistake; the HHS mandate, not so much--this is an act of tyranny plain and simple). Also worrisome is that he chooses to do so in such a cynical manner.

Hope-and-change and all that. I recall being rebuked by a (liberal) Catholic (at the time?) friend about being too cynical regarding Obama. It turns out that Obama is more cynical than I ever was.

Paul Zumma of the American Catholic puts it best:
When the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) passed it was touted as one of the most significant pieces of legislation in American history. This was going to make health care affordable to every living person in this country. It was of such monumental importance that left-wing Catholics assured us all that it was worth throwing over the unborn in order to continue supporting President Obama. This was the stuff that was gonna help stop the oceans from rising and help create a new Heaven and a new Earth.... 
It’s such a ground-breaking, vitally important law that full implementation keeps getting pushed back further and further in the future. The original provisions largely weren’t even slated to take effect for four years after initial passage. On top of the number of institutions that have requested – and were granted – waivers, this latest news hints at the fact that this law might not be the signature achievement of the human race after all.  
It is fitting that this announcement should come on the anniversary of the date in which the Continental Congress voted to declare the thirteen colonies’ independence from Great Britain and King George. After all, imagine the horrors of living under the rule of an administration that could, for example, decide which laws of the United States to defend in Court, or could decide when laws passed by Congress actually took effect. 
We have to chafe under this tyrant's yoke for three more years. That he was re-elected does not speak will of the moral or intellectual abilities of the average American voter.

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