GOP moves afoot to rein in Obama’s executive powers

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Republicans in Congress are mulling moves to rein in President Obama’s ability to bypass legislative intent by issuing executive orders — though what action members want to take is still up in the air.

One spark that reignited a long-running debate on Capitol Hill between the legislative and executive branches was the president’s recent push to take administrative — rather than congressional — action on immigration, The Hill reported.

Mr. Obama’s recent notion of fixing Obamacare glitches and compelling insurance coverage changes with executive orders also left many — mostly Republicans — alternately steaming and skeptical.

Speaker of the House John Boehner said he doubted Mr. Obama could fix the health insurance cancellation dilemma in a way that was “legal and effective” without going through Congress, The Hill reported.

“I just don’t see, within the law, their ability to do that,” Mr. Boehner said.

Yet Mr. Obama held a press conference just a short time later to detail his executive plan — a change in law that didn’t involve congressional approval.

“I know there’s a lot of discussion about the validity of the president just unilaterally changing the law,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, told The Hill. “There are a lot of us that are very concerned about it.”

Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican, said in The Hill that members of Congress were “exploring options to try to somehow try to rein in this president’s total disregard for the Constitution.”

As if a lawsuit is a viable option, Mr. Franks said “there’s no question we should do that.”

“That’s something that we talked about a lot,” he told The Hill, adding that he couldn’t be more specific.

“Maybe I could if we had our act together, and were really clear what we’re going to do,” Mr. Franks said.

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Obama, changing course, will allow sale of canceled health care plans

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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.

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