...the Obama administration has reversed itself on whether it has enough money to create federal Exchanges in states that decline to create them. The administration has repeatedly claimed that the $1 billion ObamaCare appropriates would cover the federal government’s costs of implementing the law. And yet the president’s new budget proposal requests “another $1 billion” to cover what Sebelius calls “the one-time cost to build the infrastructure, the enrollment piece of [the federal exchange], the IT system that’s needed.”...
In other words... the Obama administration does not have the money it needs to create federal Exchanges. Therefore, if states don’t create them, ObamaCare grinds to a halt. (Oh, and this billion dollars is the last billion the administration will request. Honest.)
Most important, however, is this:Even if Congress does not grant the president’s request for more health reform funding, Sebelius said her department will find a solution. “We are going to get it done, yes,” she said.
An HHS staffer prevented the reporter from asking Sebelius what she had in mind... This is a remarkable statement. Sebelius basically just copped to a double-subversion of the Constitution: Congress appropriates money for X, but not Y. Sebelius says, “I know better than Congress. I’m going to take money away from X to fund Y.” Sebelius has already shown contempt for the First Amendment, first by threatening insurance carriers with bankruptcy for engaging in non-fraudulent speech, and again by crafting a contraceptives mandate that violates religious freedom. Now, she has decided the whole separation of powers thing is for little people. What will Sebelius do the next time something gets in the way of her implementing ObamaCare?
We know what she'll do. She'll spit on the Constitution.
Could someone tell me what the hell John Boehner is doing as Speaker? The president is violating the Constitution left and right as he bankrupts America. His attorney general is, in the estimation of some law enforcement officials, perjuring himself in the process of orchestrating a massive cover-up of an illegal gun-running operation. And his HHS Secretary has basically laid a dukie on the House Speaker's head.
Which is the term Boehner prefers, I hear.
John Boehner needs to go. He's about as useful as you-know-whats on a bull. Which really overstates his usefulness.
Forget impeachment -- Sebelius needs to be excommunicated. Will one of the bishops be courageous enough to do it? Will the vatican step in? Or will another Catholic pol who flouts church teaching get away with it?
You honestly do not think that the bulk of the Republicans are not in the tank for ever expanding government?
I sadly agree with astonerii. George Bush, who I admire and respect, did the Republicans no favor with his "compassionate conservatism.' All it was was DNC-lite.
Boehner won't do anything because, for one, he and his fellow "moderates" don't see the constitutional conflict (or they are in cahoots with the President). And secondly, they believe (wrongly) that the tide will turn back to the Dems controlling the house one day and having them go after a GOP appointee (which they will do regardless).
Boehner was a terrible choice for Speaker of the House and needs to be demoted ASAP. Of course, he will most probably cry over it.
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