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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Obamacare and The Rule of Law

November 15, 2013

Obamacare and The Rule of Law

November 15, 2013


Mr. Speaker:

Yesterday, we heard yet another empty promise from the President: that by fiat he can delay provisions of law under Obamacare that have already cost a staggering FIVE MILLION Americans their health insurance.

Notice that he didn’t say the law has changed.   He simply said that he will ignore the law, and he invites health insurers to do the same.

This is a constitutional abomination.  We live in a nation of laws and not of men.  The principle Constitutional responsibility of the President is to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. 

If a law is a bad one, we change that law.  We don’t ignore it.

As a practical matter, the President’s announcement has no effect.  Since the law hasn’t changed, the civil liability that a health insurer would incur for disobeying it hasn’t changed either.

The President’s announcement cruelly gives people false hope while severely damages the fundamental concept that separates democracy from despotism: the rule of law. 

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