The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was conducted behind closed doors. When Benjamin Franklin emerged from the deliberations one day, a curious Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked him, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Fast forward to the present…
President Barack Obama is governing with his pen and telephone and issuing decrees ignoring the laws of Congress, most frequently waiving the requirements of the Obamacare law and regulations:
March 14: High risk pools extended. The special, temporary coverage for people with serious pre-existing conditions — which was only supposed to last until the health insurance exchanges were in place — was extended a third time for another month.
Feb. 10: Employer mandate delayed. This time, businesses with between 50 and 100 workers were given until 2016 to offer coverage, and the mandate will be phased in for employers with more than 100 workers.
Jan. 14: High risk pools extended. The high-risk insurance pools, which originally had been slated to close Jan. 1, had already been extended once.
Dec. 24: Enrollment deadline extended. In a message on HealthCare.gov, customers were told they could get help finishing their Jan. 1 applications if they were already in line on Dec. 24.
Dec 12: Enrollment deadline extended. Customers on the federal enrollment website were given nearly two more weeks to sign up for coverage effective Jan. 1.
Nov. 27: SHOP delayed. Online enrollment for the federal health insurance exchanges for small businesses was delayed.
Nov. 21: Open enrollment delayed for 2015. The administration pushed back next year’s enrollment season by a month.
July 2: Employer mandate delayed. The administration declared that it wouldn’t enforce the fines in 2014 for businesses with more than 50 full-time workers who don’t offer health coverage. The fines were pushed back to 2015.
Nov. 15, 2012: Exchange deadline delayed. The Department of Health and Human Services gave states an extra month to decide whether they would set up their own health insurance exchanges — a decision they announced just one day before the original deadline.
Although the president had previously issued a decree extending the deadline for Americans to buy government designed insurance or pay a fine…
…HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pledged to Congress that he would not do so again – cross my heart and hope to die:
The leftist Huffington Post reassured its readers that the administration was actually telling the truth this time:
The Obamacare deadline for this year is almost upon us. If you don’t have health insurance yet and you want coverage, it’s time to get moving. Here’s what you need to know:
March 31 Is The Deadline — Really
We understand if you think this deadline isn’t real. There have been a lot of Obamacare deadlines since open enrollment started on Oct. 1, and many tweaks and delays to the law over the last four years.
Make no mistake, though, this time they mean it. President Barack Obama said last month that March 31 is the “last call” for people who don’t already have health insurance to sign up. After that, if you’re not covered, you may have to pay a tax penalty.
To no one’s surprise, Obama has now decreed another delay in the enrollment deadline because only a tiny percentage of the uninsured have actually enrolled and paid for the new government designed insurance and congressional Democrats facing an electoral wipeout in the fall do not want the IRS fining tens of millions of uninsured for turning up their noses at the government dog food.
There is no law anymore, only the latest presidential decree.
Our Republic was nice while we kept it.