July 3, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement responding to the White House’s decision to arbitrarily delay implementation of the employer mandate under Obamacare:
“Americans for Limited Government strongly opposes the implementation of Obamacare, and welcome’s the President’s admission that the law is too unwieldy to put in place in the legal timeline that he fought for, and that he agreed to meet when he signed it into law.
“However, no president, not even this one, has the constitutional prerogative to just arbitrarily change the law of this country. That is what separates a representative democracy from a third world dictatorship where the elected Congress is largely just meaningless apparatchiks.
“Obama’s audacious assumption that he can just set aside portions of a law through a blog post is extremely disturbing, because it cuts to the heart of his disrespect for the constraints on his presidential powers. In America, a president cannot just announce that magically the law is being changed by promising not to enforce portions of it, and it is time for Congress to take action to protect the Constitution.
“Now that Obama has admitted that his health care law is not ready for prime time, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Reid should immediately pass legislation that delays implementation of the entire law not just for one, but for three years to ensure that bureaucratic bungling doesn’t collapse the health care system costing America’s most vulnerable citizens their lives.
“The danger to the American public, and the complexity of the implementation of the Obamacare law is too important to allow a cavalier Administration blog post to dictate its outcome.
“It is time for Congress, on a bi-partisan basis, to reassert its constitutional role, and save the nation from the health care train wreck that is bearing down on the American public in 2014.”
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