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King Obama’s Obamacare exemptions

Don’t like ObamaCare? Tough. Law of the land. Passed in both houses. Upheld by the Supreme Court. Isn’t that what we’ve all been told for years? “Shut up!” they explained. We know what’s good for you. Our legislative experts who admitted to not reading the 2,000-page bill prior to passing it arrogantly determined that they could force feed better healthcare decisions than do the 150 million collective American families.

But the thing is, it’s not really going as planned is it? Causing lots of bad press and presidential heartburn (I know! He should enroll in ObamaCare! Oh, what’s that? The president and our Congress have a different plan?) No worries. All those things they said previously — law of the land, both houses, Supreme Court, yadda yadda yadda — no longer apply, given that we don’t have a president so much as a king who can rule for two four-year terms. Call it a modern aristocracy, or certainly a oligarchy.

What other way to describe an executive that can just pick and choose which aspects of American law he wants to ignore? Last month David Harsanyi detailed all the ways our New Aristocrats have circumvented law.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the Obama administration has probably missed half of the deadlines of the Affordable Care Act. Here’s a list of 13 executive alterations Now, if all this haphazard implementation were only a matter of improving what are onerous and poorly written facets of Obamacare, that would be one thing. A bad thing, yes. But what makes this free-for-all an especially blatant abuse of power is that the delays are enacted almost exclusively for political reasons.

If some of your deep-pocketed cronies visit the White House, delay the law’s employer mandate. Why not? If the risible Medicare cuts you concoct to sell ACA to voters by keeping the price tag under a trillion dollars become distasteful to voters leading up to an election, just delay the cuts until you have a more advantageous environment.  If caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs haven’t panned out like you promised — delay for another year.  Small Business Health Options Program? Delay. Employee Auto-enrollment? Delay. Pre-existing conditions insurance sign-up? Delay.

The Obama administration is now giving medium-sized employers an extra year — until 2016 — before they must offer health insurance to their full-time workers. This directly contradicts the text of the law. Good for those employers; bad for the rule of law.

…  So, question: when was the last time policy was executed as chaotically and with such little regard for the law?  I don’t want to sound like a troglodyte, but the president, as head of the executive branch of the federal government is constitutionally obligated to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” not implement laws in an expedient manner, or a more prudent manner, or even in a way that he believes is more moral or a helpful for people struggling to find affordable health care. This is why we write bills down and debate them prior to passage. Or, at least, it used to be.

Indeed! But there’s no end in site — and that’s just ObamaCare. If a president can circumvent law for political cronies for one law, can’t he just do the same for any law, for any reason?

The Hill reports that this week the Obama Administration is once again delaying key provisions of the law for the sole purpose of surviving this November’s elections. No doubt all these provisions will be re-discovered (by Democrats and by the media both) once a Republican president comes to power. Until then, don’t mind their lack of outrage.

Now, of course, all these delays and exemptions are for key provisions of ObamaCare that conservative critics had long claimed would be detrimental to businesses. But, at the time of those complaints the Democrats had simply retorted with “Shut-up!-they-explained tactics and called their opponents hacks for the insurance industry. It seems King Obama is now in agreement with them.

[WSJ] Like the individual mandate, the employer decree [the delayed but required coverage for more than 50 employees] is central to ObamaCare’s claim of universal coverage, but employers said the new labor costs—and the onerous reporting and tax-enforcement rules—would damage job creation and the economy.

Liberals insisted that such arguments were false if not beneath contempt, but then all of a sudden the White House implicitly endorsed the other side. Now the new delay arrives amid a furious debate about jobs after a damning Congressional Budget Office report last week, only this time with liberals celebrating ObamaCare’s supposed benefits to the job market.

Well, which is it? Either ObamaCare is ushering in a worker’s paradise, in which case by the White House’s own logic exempting businesses from its ministrations is harming employees. Or else the mandate really is leading business to cut back on hiring, hours and shifting workers to part-time as the evidence in the real economy suggests.

But, you see, King Obama and his aristocratic friends are above the law. The laws only apply to buffoons like you and me, not them. That’s why, as the Washington Post recently reported, 12,359 Congressional representatives and staff members have warped a key provision of ObamaCare intended to cover small businesses.

“Normally, the small-business exchanges are reserved for companies with fewer than 50 employees (rising to 100 workers over the next two years). Some lawmakers have therefore questioned whether it’s fair to allow elected officials and their staffs to access the new online insurance marketplaces, which are expected to offer relatively low-cost plans, when private companies the size of Congress are excluded.

During a hearing last year on the rollout of the exchanges, for instance, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) called the rule a “special carve-out for Congress” and argued he should not get “completely different and better treatment” than other Americans under the law.”

It’s far from over, too.

Megan McArdle from Bloomberg.com has listed all the potential expensive pitfalls for businesses between now and 2018. No doubt so long as we have an “Aristocratic Democracy” rather than a libertine constitutional democracy in charge all those things will be exempt too — well, so long as you’re one of their allies.