Conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said President Obama is violating the Constitution by ordering that the healthcare law minimum coverage mandates not be enforced for a year to allow people to temporarily keep their plans.
Senior administration officials yesterday compared the “administrative fix” for millions of plan cancellation notices to the Department of Homeland Security’s deferred action against young illegal immigrants.
“In the President’s remarks this afternoon he once again stepped outside the bounds of his Constitutional authority, this time regarding the failures of his prized legislative accomplishment -ObamaCare,” King said on Thursday evening.
“It is unconstitutional for the President to attempt to rule by executive edict. The President has lied numerous times to the American people by promising them if they like their healthcare plan, they can keep it. He continues to pass the blame and execute modifications and delays that change nothing, and this ‘administrative fix’ is once again not the answer,” King continued.
“ObamaCare cannot be fixed – it is fundamentally flawed. The American people should not have to take the brunt of the President’s political posturing. He must abide by the Constitution and come to Congress, and this time I suggest he should come on bended knee.”
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee also zeroed in on the selective enforcement.
“By trying to ignore a problem with existing law instead of addressing it, the president’s proposal is sure to create confusion and prolong uncertainty for millions of Americans,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said. “Americans need a real, legislative solution, not an administrative ploy to create ambiguity by selectively enforcing its own regulations.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said “a decree brought down on high from President Obama is not how the legislative process works.”
“It is unconstitutional for the president to repeatedly bypass Congress and unilaterally change the law to fit his daily political objectives,” she added.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the ranking member on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, said Obama “should send his proposal to Congress to consider and give Americans the certainty of law over rhetoric.”