"It’s at least the 14th unilateral change to Obamacare that’s been made without consulting Congress."
This point is one that SHOULD NOT be lost. When the Obama administration does this, it is basically "making things up as they go along" and there is a strong argument that they are violating the law when they do it. The Executive Branch just can't take a law that was passed by Congress and "change" or "modify" it willy-nilly without resubmission to Congress. THAT'S THE WAY OUR SYSTEM WORKS. As pointed out in this article regarding one "fix" the President "implemented":
"...(T)he fix exceeds the president’s discretion in implementing the law and amounts to legislation from the White House. The president has no constitutional authority to rewrite or unbundle statutes, especially in ways that impose new obligations on people, as the fix does."
As to your John Fund post above, I like the title:
"Who Says Obama Hasn’t United the Country?"
...and this article advances the argument that President Obama HIMSELF is dismantling ObamaCare. In part it says:
"It seems Nancy Pelosi was wrong when she said "we have to pass" ObamaCare to "find out what's in it." No one may ever know because the White House keeps treating the Affordable Care Act's text as a mere suggestion subject to day-to-day revision. Its latest political retrofit is the most brazen: President Obama is partly suspending the individual mandate.
The White House argued at the Supreme Court that the insurance-purchase mandate was not only constitutional but essential to the law's success, while refusing Republican demands to delay or repeal it. But late on Thursday, with only four days to go before the December enrollment deadline, the Health and Human Services Department decreed that millions of Americans are suddenly exempt.
Individuals whose health plans were canceled will now automatically qualify for a "hardship exemption" from the mandate. If they can't or don't sign up for a new plan, they don't have to pay the tax. They can also get a special category of ObamaCare insurance designed for people under age 30.
So merry Christmas. If ObamaCare's benefit and income redistribution requirements made your old, cheaper, better health plan illegal, you now have the option of going without coverage without the government taking your money as punishment. You can also claim the tautological consolation of an ObamaCare hardship exemption due to ObamaCare itself."
(This article also proves the adage that "you can learn something new every day." I had to look up "tautological.")
...and this article outlines another "unintended consequence" where if you are one of the 150 MILLION Americans who get insurance through your job, "prepare to pay MORE."
This is a BIG unintended consequence which the administration couldn't have NOT known about, and which they chose to ignore in favor of ramming their signature legislation - which you had "to pass in order to know what was in it" - down our throats.
This situation did not have to be. They could have advanced legislation which mandated the insurance companies cover the uninsured, the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions, etc., - and have provided the government subsidies to make health care REALLY "affordable" for these people - WITHOUG futzing up the entire existing system. But along with their stated goals, the expansion of the welfare/nanny state was an INTENDED consequence of ObamaCare.
WE THE PEOPLE should not let them get away with it.
I've been meaning to share John Turley's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee (12/03/13) with you 'sebekm' I thought you would find it not only entertaining but also thought provoking;
Then you consider the position that some people have put themselves in by signing up for 'medicaid' under Obamacare... Things that make you go hhmmmmm!!!
Entertaining? Ugh - Turley has really gotten into the weeds on this one. He could have just said: "The Imperial Presidency Continues To Expand Under Obama" and have been done with it. But then again, I've never known a lawyer who would limit themselves to eight words when they could "'splain it better" with 800,000.
One of the supposedly "unintended consequences" of ObamaCare is the explosion of Medicaid signups across the country. But I'm not so sure the Administration didn't see that one coming as well. It's just another way to spread (and avoid) the costs of ObamaCare - since Medicaid bills are paid from federal, state and local tax funds, and the program is run by state and local governments. But TAX funds are still paying for the program. This really amounts to more wealth redistribution via taxation, which Chief Justice John Roberts essentially said in his Supreme Court opinion which validated ObamaCare.