President Obama tramples the Constitution again, and finally there’s some outrage


2013-11-16T180439Z_1_CBRE9AF1E8600_RTROPTP_4_USA-OBAMA-e1384820803462Stanford Law School Professor Michael McConnell wrote in the Wall Street Journal in July that President Obama’s decision to suspend the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) for a year “raises grave concerns about his understanding of the role of the executive in our system of government.” And with his epic announcement at a press conference last Thursday that he has decided to suspend the regulations that caused the termination of millions of Americans’ health insurance plans (supposedly because they were “substandard”), he was at it again. Specifically, Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” and McConnell emphasizes that “this is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.” According to McConnell, a former federal judge, although the president may refuse…

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