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Critics weigh in on the Obamacare mandate extension

Published: Wednesday, July 1 2015 2:05 p.m. MDT

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, joined House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., right, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 file photo, following a GOP strategy session. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press) House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, joined House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., right, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 file photo, following a GOP strategy session. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press)

On Monday, the White House announced it would delay the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate for another year, as reported by the The Washington Post.

President Barack Obama’s “lawless rewrite” confuses the law’s effectiveness, an editorial in the Wall Street Journal expressed. “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.”

In response to the mandate extension, Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News' "Special Report" that politicians "get past the next election" by the merit of their policies and not “by wantonly changing the law lawlessly. This is stuff you do in a banana republic.”

Krauthammer went on to opine that Obama has broken the law so much that no one is even noticing any longer. He also said these decisions to change the law are “political decisions to minimize the impact leading up to an election. And it’s changing the law in a way that you are not allowed to do.”

National Journal’s Ron Fournier said he’s “getting sick of defending Obamacare.”

“Defending the ACA became painfully harder when online insurance markets were launched from a multi-million-dollar website that didn't work,” Fournier wrote. “Then officials started fudging numbers and massaging facts to promote implementation. ... Finally, there are the ACA rule changes — at least a dozen major adjustments, without congressional approval.”

Republicans plan to renew their fight on Obamacare, using the 2014 elections as their platform, according to a Fox News editorial.

“The administration had already delayed the implementation of the so-called employer mandate by a year, initially pushing the requirements off until 2015 -- past the midterm elections," the editorial said. " The latest announcement comes after the administration heard from businesses about their concerns with the looming Obamacare rules. However, the change is sure to raise more questions about the health and implementation of the law.”

“Once again, the president is giving a break to corporations while individuals and families are still stuck under the mandates of his health care law. And, once again, the president is rewriting law on a whim," House Speaker John Boehner is quoted as saying in a statement in the editorial. "If the administration doesn't believe employers can manage the burden of the law, how can struggling families be expected to?”

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., as well as other Republican legislators, wrote a letter to IRS commissioner John Koskinen questioning his ability to enforce any law under the mandate due to all the “unilateral alterations” that have taken place.

The Washington Post's Jonathan H. Adler writes that while the Obama administration is not the first to "take liberties with the laws it is charged with executing, and it will not be the last." He goes on to conclude however, "Yet the increasing brazenness with which the Administration is disregarding inconvenient or ill-conceived portions of its signature legislative achievement lowers the bar to a disturbing degree."

Erik Raymond is experienced in national and international politics. He relocated from the Middle East where he was working on his second novel. He produces content for DeseretNews.com. You can reach him at: eraymond@deseretdigital.com @RaymondErik

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