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Bridget Johnson


July 17, 2013 - 4:35 pm

The House voted 264-161 today to authorize President Obama’s unilateral decision to delay the employer mandate for ObamaCare by one year.

That was followed by a 251-174 vote to delay the individual mandate for a year.

Thirty-five Democrats voted for the employer mandate delay and 22 Dems voted for the individual mandate delay. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) was the only GOP to vote against each.

Griffith said it was a protest vote against ObamaCare’s existence.

“The Democrats drafted Obamacare as they wanted it. They set the timetables. And then they rammed it through without Republican support. Ever since, the Administration has been working on the law’s implementation, and they haven’t been able to make the law work as designed. I don’t believe they can ever make it work as designed,” the Virginia Republican said.

“In essence, Obamacare is like an abscessed tooth – delaying fixing the problem is not going to make it better; it only makes it worse.”

Even though Obama’s Treasury Department announced the yearlong employer mandate delay, the White House threatened to veto both GOP bills.

“Rather than attempting once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which the House has tried nearly 40 times, it’s time for the Congress to stop fighting old political battles and join the President in an agenda focused on providing greater economic opportunity and security for middle class families and all those working to get into the middle class,” the Office of Management and Budget said in the veto threat.

“H.R. 2667 is unnecessary, and H.R. 2668 would raise health insurance premiums and increase the number of uninsured Americans. Enacting this legislation would undermine key elements of the health law.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) mocked Obama for threatening to veto his own proposal, the yearlong employer mandate delay.

In a floor speech, the senator called the threat “surreal.”

“President Obama thinks he can pick and choose which laws to enforce for the sake of his own convenience,” Cornyn said. “If this president or any president is allowed to selectively enforce the law based on political expediency, our democracy and adherence to the rule of law will be severely weakened.”

“By assuming to be able to unilaterally suspend laws that prove inconvenient, the president is showing disdain for those checks and balances on executive authority as well as his oath where he pledges to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said if Obama wanted the employer-mandate delay, “it is only right that the change be codified by Congress and the same relief be extended to American families and individuals who are going to bear the brunt of the burden under the individual mandate.”

“If the president really wanted to mitigate the negative impact the law will have on job creation and employers, he would stop resorting to extralegal maneuvering and unilateral decision making and instead work with the House to find a solution for all Americans,” Issa added.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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This is stupid from the Stupid Party.

Do you really think they will get the undying gratitude of anybody if their idea to delay ObamaCare for everybody will redound to their benefit?

1) Obama will be happy to sign on and then take credit for having done so as if it was his idea all along, with the media's full backing

2) The pain will be delayed for all voters past the 2014 elections resulting in no switches in votes from D to R, nor energizing of all the Rs who've been sitting out the last several election cycles.

Let the pain hit instead so that the entire electorate finally gets to feel ObamaCare and maybe we'll get enough anger to see some new Rs and get the Tea Parties mobilizing again after they were derailed by the IRS. If we can take the Senate and keep the House in 2014, maybe Boehner and McConnell will grow a pair (finally).
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Good on Morgan Griffith, one of the rare statesmen who defies the limp noodle Republicans like Boehner and Cantor. Griffith is one Virginian in politics that's worth his salt. Cantor? Not so much.
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...actions have consequences my dear leader (obuttboy). Your consequences will come. We are the real Americans, and we will have our day. Trust me!
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