Troubling times

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Here we go again.
    The Obama Administration continues to rewrite the law of the land, declaring Monday that most employers won’t be fined if they don’t offer workers health insurance.
    And don’t forget, it was the administration's  law that in the coming year keeps changing. The one the president had to offer goodies to some members of Congress to get their votes to pass it. The law Congress had to pass in order to find out what was in it. The law that had a failed launch and an even worse aftertaste.
    What a fiasco.
    And it’s only getting worse—the politics of it all.
    With important congressional elections this year, the President has decided to delay more problems—until after those elections are held.
    It’s just the latest delay and one that the President doesn’t have the authority to make. But it’s a troubling trend among the Democrat leadership these days, both at the federal level as well as here in Virginia. From the President on down, it seems like some Democrats have decided the laws of the land can just be re-written or ignored all-together.
    What’s worse, the Democrats are the ones who passed the Affordable Care Act in the first place.
    Now, according to the latest rewrite of Obamacare, employers with 50 to 99 full-time workers won’t have to comply with the law’s requirement to provide insurance or pay a fee until 2016. And companies with more workers will also be given some relief.
    The law originally stated that employers with at least 50 full-time workers had to offer coverage or pay a penalty beginning in 2014. But the President delayed that requirement, for the first time, moving it to 2015. Now more changes have been made, just in time for Democrats to avoid answering questions about it—or seeing jobs lost because of it—prior to November’s elections.
    While employers are likely to applaud the move, the country must take notice.
    First, it’s only a delay, the hammer will eventually fall.
    Second, the president’s authority to change the law “on-the-fly” is in question as he bypasses Congress, where the power to make law resides.
    Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt said the change is “proof that the president’s healthcare law is not ready for primetime.”
    And, Hurt said, an “unsettling example of the president putting politics ahead of the well-being of the American people.”
    But, ultimately, the President’s decision to act apart from Congress may be the most frightening aspect of his actions.
    Hurt stated: “This news comes shortly after the Congressional Budget Office predicted that the president’s healthcare law will result in the equivalent of 2.5 million Americans leaving the full-time workforce.  How many more devastating effects of this law must be uncovered before this White House realizes how harmful it is to the American people?”
    And how long will it be until the people finally realize that the Administration’s abuse of power and politics is destroying this nation’s balance of power.