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August 24, 2013

Column:Obama administration devolves into Obama regime

Slowly at first, then all of a sudden, the Obama administration has devolved into the Obama regime. Those pesky impediments on his predecessors — namely, the separation of powers, federal law and the Constitution — have proved as tough as tissue paper in containing President Barack Obama’s ambition to impose statism on America. From “Obamacare” to unions to telephones, it’s basically another day, another decree.

“I have to figure out what I can do outside of Congress through executive actions,” Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus, Politico.com reports. In Jacksonville, Fla., last month, Obama announced: “Where I can act on my own, I’m going to act on my own. I won’t wait for Congress.”

Obamacare’s internal contradictions threaten to tear it apart, like a crippled satellite re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. Even committed collectivists like Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa Jr. and former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean are fleeing.

But Obama still tries to keep Obamacare in orbit — by fiat. Obama gave employers another year to offer health insurance to their payrolls of 50 or more employees.

But nothing in Obamacare — technically, the Affordable Care Act — empowers Obama to waive this mandate. Section 1513(d) clearly declares: “The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after Dec. 31, 2013.”

When Congressional Democrats screamed that Obamacare’s costs might prompt staff resignations, Obama decided to extend the program’s subsidies to members and their employees. Thus, Obama will bail out legislators who make $174,000 annually and aides whose 2012 earnings averaged $81,419 in the House alone, Legistorm.com estimates.

While taxpayers may weep for America’s brave Hill staffers and their selfless bosses, Obama and the Office of Personnel Management rescued them illegally. As the Wall Street Journal noted, “OPM has no authority to pay for insurance plans that lack (Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan) contracts.”

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