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Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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clearfield, UT

The last question Mr. Will asks is if Obama can ignore part of the ACA law, could a future President ignore ALL of it?

I sure hope so.

Bountiful, UT

You guys are pretty late to the party. This tactic has been used extensively in the past.

I work in healthcare, where we have HIPAA patient privacy requirements, enacted into law under Bill Clinton in the 90s. HIPAA basically withered on the vein during the presidency of George Bush, because he was of the opinion that requirements should be voluntary, (like the voluntary industrial pollution regulations in Texas).

In our group, we used to say "HIPAA, SchiPPAA". A nice ideal, but nobody paid any attention to the actual regulations or penalties.

With a Democratic president in office, HIPAA enforcement has gotten legitimate again, we've all gotten religion on protecting patient data, with increasingly steep fines threatened for breaches of private patient data.

I don't remember George Will grinding his axe when Bush was ignoring healthcare privacy laws.

Pleasant Grove, UT

The rule of law has suffered considerable damage under Obama. Insurance providers now find themselves in an impossible position: they can either obey the law, or they can obey the president.

Things will only get worse when people begin to ask, if the president won't obey a law he signed himself, why should we?

Saint George, UT

Unfortunately, the parade of liberals, progressives (both Democrat and Republican),and the ignorant will yawn, give up more of their liberty for a fascist regime or any other "savior" so as not to live in the real world--you know--the one where God, the Constitution, and laws exist.

Ogden, UT

Are you kidding. Our King accused of misuse of power. Why he is the pillar of truth and honesty. If we like our king we can keep our king.

Sandy, UT

One would hope that congress would do SOMETHING at SOME POINT to show that they're really a branch of government and worth some fraction of all we contribute to them in the form of salaries, benefits, and expenses. We could get a rubber stamp for a whole lot less money than we're devoting to these perpetual campaigners.

The Hammer
lehi, utah

The more congress allows presidents (Clinton, Bush, Obama) to disregard law and absorb more power into the executive branch the more we become a constitutional Monarchy.

Tooele, UT

Re: "I don't remember George Will grinding his axe when Bush was ignoring healthcare privacy laws."

That's probably because President Bush DIDN'T ignore healthcare privacy laws.

That some individuals or providers may have, certainly doesn't prove Mr. Bush did. I know that HIPAA has been taken seriously in federal government medical practice since its passage.

This is nothing more than a common, cynical liberal trick. It's a pathetically transparent, disingenuous attempt to suggest Mr. Obama's truly breathtaking enlargement of federal executive power is no big deal.

It IS, however, a big deal.

Salt Lake City, UT

Just as George Bush's imperial presidency spurred reaction, Mr.Obama's imperial presidency is bound to have consequences. Both men have an enduring conviction that their political philosophies are correct and that the end justifies the means. Even FDR tried to pack the SCOTUS. It is not our democratic tradition and can only lead to the abuse of power. Venezuela and the Ukraine are current examples of this behavior. Let us hope that the balance of power between the branches of government is restored in the US.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is exactly what I've been trying to point out to BOTH sides for years. Don't give any powers to YOUR guy that you wouldn't want the OTHER side to have.

I was against the Patriot Act, not because I thought Bush would abuse it... but because I thought some president maybe hundreds of Presidents down the road may abuse it. I didn't know it would only take one election for it to be abused.

But the moral of the story is... don't give powers to your guy you don't feel completely comfortable with the other side having, and don't put limitations on the other side that YOU don't want to live under when YOU are in the minority some day. I suspect Democrats are going to wail and complain the next time THEY are in the minority and realize the limitations THEY passed on the minority now apply to THEM instead.

It's just the golden rule... applied to politics. I know... crazy talk.

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

The problem is that most of them, both Dems and Republicans are in this together.

Ogden, UT

Say it ain't so Joe. The King, the pillar of truth and honesty suspected of misuse of power? Who would have thunk.

one old man
Ogden, UT

George Will sound more and more like Rush Limbaugh all the time.

Everett, 00

one old man
Ogden, UT
George Will sound more and more like Rush Limbaugh all the time.

12:50 p.m. Dec. 19, 2013


I was thinking the very same think...

Farr West, UT

Seriously??? This George Bush's fault??? Isn't hat well pretty much dry???

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Liberals never have a coherent suggestion, but they think that everyone waits for their "enlightened" rhetoric. Obama is an abomination to our system of government. Those who have never read the Constitution continue to support him, but those of us who have studied the Constitution know that he has abused his authority and that the ignorant who use his cell phones and eat the crumbs that fall from his table cheer him on. Freedom requires that WE, THE PEOPLE, stand for freedom. Obama does not know the meaning of the word.

Murray, UT

The time has come for congressmen to raise their approval ratings by putting this dictator (BHO) in his proper place.

Saint George, UT

Mike Richards: Mike, I've read a lot of your comments. Thanks. The silent majority, as long as it chooses what is right, will rise again. The last few years have brought forth a "silent majority" that is stepping up! It has never been this way. Conservatives and God fearing people have been asleep at the wheel for many years and now they have been awakened. There has never been so much division in the electorate and I couldn't be more pleased. Jesus Christ cannot bring peace to a world that promotes evil as good and good as evil or that wants to delegate Christianity to government. The division is a good thing and to see it happening in the political world is fun to watch. There is hope.

clearfield, UT

one old man

I'm sure Mr.Will would take that as a compliment, as Mr. Limbaugh has an audience many times bigger than Mr. Will does.

One of a Few
Layton, UT

Why doesn't Will just say what he reaaly means, Waaaaaaa. In actuality, after protracted negotiation a law was created with a lot of holes in it. Even when it was signed everyone including the POTUS agreed things needed to be tinkered and repaired. Instead of doing just that, a faction of the R's have spent the last 3 years trying to undo the law. As a result, in the vacuum, the POTUS acted and began the process of enforcing the law as best he could. The alternative would be to ignore the law and that would be just as constitutionally suspect. None of the congressional factions have enough votes to get what they want, so they only thing possible is the dirty C word, compromise. Of course, what comes next is a round of whining that the POTUS won't compromise. If he'd just agree to gut the law, then the parties can happily start over. PHFFFT.

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