Wednesday, July 2, 2014

ObamaCare “Inconsistencies”

A foolish consistency is the hobglobin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and the divine. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Self-Reliance

President Obama prides himself on being self-reliance and on having a great soul.

In his mind, he represents the collective souls of oppressed minorities, unprotected women, idealistic millenials, and 99% of dispossessed Americans. That being the case, he feels he can do what he deems appropriate.

It is a heavy burden to carry, but carry it he must. With his great soul as his guide, why be consistent? Why abide by restrictions of the constitution? Why heed the House of Representatives or the Supreme Court?

He has a God-given mission to save America’s soul and rescue the uninsured. His political adversaries with their loose talk of checks and balances have little minds fit only to be taunted, scorned, sneered at, and accused of political “stunts.”

So President Obama proclaims. Go ahead. Sue me. I am too big a man to tolerate such a petty gesture.

As for the constitution, I interpret it as a “living document,” subject to change at my whim. It is a dead document created by our fallible founding fathers over 238 years ago in another time under different circumstances.

As a constitutional lawyer in my own right, I know what the first Supreme Justice, John Marshall (1755-1835) said in McCulloch v. Maryland (1819):

“Let the end by legitimate, let it be within the scope of the constitution, and all means which are appropriate , which are plainly addressed to that end, which are not prohibited , but consistent with the letter and spirit of the constitution, are constitutional."

I will decide what is constitutional and what is the letter and spirit of the law. What I am doing, executing executive actions bypassing Congress and ignoring the Court, is constitutional and consistent with my belief that I must save the soul of America by covering the uninsured. That’s what matters.

Never mind that I have had to change the law 23 times to make it politically palatable. Never mind that 85% of ObamaCare’s inconsistencies can’t be fixed ( New York Post, July 2, 2014). Never mind that federal officials, can’t resolve 2.9 million “inconsistencies” in ObamaCare applications which qualify applicants for federal subsidies and tax credits. Never mind that we can’t verify the eligibility for those subsidies and credits for those enrolled in qualified plans.

My administration is doing what is needed to salvage the soul of America by redistributing America's wealth and health benefits. That is what really counts, not the consistency with which it is carried out.

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