Obama Cuckolds John Roberts with ObamCare Delay
When Chief Justice John Roberts upheld the Patient Affordability Care Act, many of us considered him derelict in his duty to enforce the Constitution. He engaged in judicial activism to give the appearance of avoiding judicial activism. He wrote:
"Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation's elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."
In that same opinion, Roberts engaged in the remarkable act of redefining the individual mandate as a tax in order to uphold ObamaCare.
President Obama's bullying the Supreme Court seemed to work on Roberts. Obama may have the last laugh -- yet again -- on the chief justice.
Apparently without consulting Congress, which has become its governing trademark, the Obama administration announced that it will delay implementation of the ObamaCare employer mandate.
Employers with 50 or more employees will welcome the delayed enforcement. So will the employees who get to remain employees because the added costs of the mandate won't cut their jobs, or make employers with 52 employees scale back to 49. It will not rub these people wrong why -- or how -- this delay occurred.
The Wall Street Journal writes about the effective date of the employer mandate:
"The Affordable Care Act's Section 1513 states in black-letter law that '(d) Effective Date.-The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.' It does not say the Administration can impose the mandate whenever it feels it is politically convenient."
There have been great disputes involving this president's constitutional obligation to execute the laws "faithfully." It is, of course, inherent in executive power that exigencies and circumstances be considered when executing laws.
But Mr. Obama has used executive prerogative for political purposes, not exigencies. His use of executive power has even usurped legislative power. If we consider the Constitution as law, which it is, Obama is a lawbreaker.
Democrats responsible for ObamaCare will escape incurring some wrath of voters in 2014 as a result of the delay in implementing these ObamaCare provisions.
John Roberts' political "consequences" therefore are of no consequence in 2014. This gives new meaning to the phrase, "justice delayed is justice denied." The judge was outwitted by the master lawbreaker.