By Bryan Fischer
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According to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama’s brigade of buffoons running his signature health
care bill has waived the penalty for not buying health insurance.
Yes, you read that right. The
individual mandate, which we were told by Obama was the key to making the whole
thing work, has been dropped out of ObamaCare until 2016.
The decision “has received zero
media notice,” and was buried in a paragraph and footnote in a seven-page
technical bulletin which is about something else altogether. This guilty furtiveness
is understandable since all along we’ve been told that the individual mandate
is the indispensable, non-negotiable lynchpin of the whole deal. In essence, we
were told that without the boot-on-the-neck force of the United States
government, the thing wouldn’t work at all.
John Roberts, who rewrote this
misbegotten bill from the bench to call the mandate a “tax” instead of a
“penalty,” was apparently unavailable for comment on this latest development.
Roberts sacrificed his judicial integrity, his legal reputation and his legacy
to give Obama his law by shredding the Constitution, and now Obama has told him
in effect he did it all for nothing.
Obama knew that if folks were
given a choice, many of them would simply opt out of buying insurance altogether,
particularly since the onerous requirements Obama slapped on every single
solitary policy sold anywhere in the country would drive premiums, co-pays and
deductibles through the ceiling.
So he had to exercise wholly
tyrannical, illegal, unethical and unconstitutional powers to order the
American people to buy insurance or else.
It hasn’t worked. And now the
requirement is gone altogether. Some meaningless paperwork must be filed, but
any excuse will do. You are only required to supply documentation “if
Signups for ObamaCare are
proceeding at a sodden pace, and although HHS has been trumpeting over 4
million sign-ups - way short of their stated goal of 7 million - well over one
million of those have not even made their first premium payment. So the number
of the insured is actually a little over three million. When you consider the
fact that over 6 million Americans had their health insurance canceled because
of Obama, these are pathetic, dismal and disturbing numbers.
A special election was held
yesterday in Florida, and Obama lost. It’s technically true that his name was
not on the ballot, but everybody knew the election was a referendum on
ObamaCare. The Republican candidate campaigned virtually exclusively on that
issue, and his margin of victory would have been even higher if a libertarian
candidate hadn’t siphoned off four percentage points or so.
In other words, the proverbial
handwriting is on the wall, and things are now in desperate, desperate shape
for Democrats. Their ship of state has hit the iceberg, water is flooding the
holds, and without emergency measures, they are headed for the sea bed in
Someone described Obama and
ObamaCare as an “albatross” around the neck of Democrats. The analogy is far
too weak. Obama is an anvil around the neck of every Democrat who is on the
ballot this fall. Democrats are scrambling to get as far away from Obama as
humanly possible, and he himself is making pathetic and humiliating appearances
on internet parody shows, flapping his arms manically trying to get this turkey
off the ground.
Democrats are facing the
prospect of almost certain political death in November. As the saying goes,
desperate times call for desperate measures. My advice to the Democrats: the
time is now to lead the charge for the full, entire, unqualified repeal of
ObamaCare. Every last word.
Your only other alternative is
to impeach your own president. Time to pick your poison, Democrats. Patch the
boat by dumping ObamaCare and Obama or ride this puppy to the bottom of the
ocean. Your choice. What will it be?
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do
not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or
American Family Radio.)