Supposedly the next President has a “tremendous opportunity” to remake Obamacare without Congress.
Does anyone really want decisions about their health care subject to political considerations? This means putting your health decisions into the hands of men or women who take massive bribes in the form of campaign donations (from those who financially benefit from such decisions), and who will not be subject to the system they erect for everyone else.
The opening line in this Associated Press story makes my blood run cold:
Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation’s health care overhaul without fighting Congress.
AP should have titled this article: “The Return of Rex Lex–the President is the Law.”
There is nothing more completely contrary to American principles and ideals than giving this much power to any single office holder. This permits the Executive to effectively write law, rather than the Legislative Branch, which is at least somewhat more directly accountable to the Electorate.
Would this obstruct a President from “fixing” everything? Yes! The absolute best thing that could happen is for Congress and the White House to enter a long and drawn out “Cold War” where virtually nothing “gets done” for decades.
DC today does little more than destroy liberty, and it would be better if they targeted each other, rather than uniting with nefarious major campaign donors against the People.
A Democrat in the White House probably would use the waiver to build bridges to Republican governors and state legislators opposed to the law. The “state innovation” provision, Section 1332 of the nearly 1,000-page law, has gotten little public attention.
For a Republican president, state waivers could be the fallback option to avoid the political cost of dismantling Obama’s law and disrupting or jeopardizing coverage for millions of newly insured people, not to mention the upheaval for insurers, hospitals and doctors.
“If you were a Republican on record as opposing or wanting to repeal the ACA, but really felt deep down that you couldn’t accomplish that even as president, then you could say your second preference would be to use this provision to go down a completely different road,” said Stuart Butler, a health policy expert at the nonpartisan Brookings Institution.
Butler, who was with the conservative Heritage Foundation for 35 years, has long been a voice for Republican thinking on health care policy. “The short answer is, this presents a tremendous opportunity for either party,” he said.
No one subject to political pressures should be trusted with this kind of power, a power literally over the life and death of citizens. No one. I don’t care what label they wear.
In case I’m not making it clear, I wouldn’t want my number one choice for President to have this power—I would want that man (or woman) to abolish this atrocity, and hand the power back to the People and the marketplace to freely work out. The Constitution gives zero power to the Federal government to meddle in these issues.