No president has the Constitutional authority to order this fix or delay the employer mandate. Only Congress is authorizied by the Constitution to make law or change laws. The President only enforces those laws or at least he is supposed to uphold them in the oath he took when he was swore into office.
Under Obama’s new policy, insurance companies will be required to inform consumers who want to keep canceled plans about the protections that are not included under those plans. Customers will also be notified that new options are available offering more coverage and in some cases, tax credits to cover higher premiums.
Whatever the impact on consumers, Obama’s announcement did nothing to quell Republican opposition to the overhaul they opposed, sought to have overturned at the Supreme Court and have voted numerous times to repeal.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said it was time to scrap the law “once and for all.” He said, “You can’t fix this government-run health care plan called Obamacare. It’s just not fixable.”
Even so, the House is expected to vote as scheduled on Friday on GOP-drafted legislation to permit insurance companies to sell existing individual coverage plans to current customers as well as newcomers. That is a step further than Obama went, and the White House is likely to oppose the measure as a result.
Approval in the GOP-controlled House is expected. Yet Obama’s statement, coupled with an as-yet-undisclosed Democratic alternative, could well hold Democratic defections to a minimum.
Looking forward, Democrats said “Obamacare” will still turn out to be a political winner.