President Obama Learns Governing is Hard – Open Item
If you haven’t heard already, President Barack Obama has announced implementation of the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act will be delayed until 2015. This has far-reaching political and governing implications. The most immediate impact on Indiana politics is that it kind of spoils the cottage industry of legislation our Congressional delegation had been proposing. By this weekend I had fully expected every Republican from Indiana would have their own bill that would delay or block implementation of one portion of the legislation or another.
Politically this delays the pain of the bill which will improve prospects for Democrat candidates. As much as you would like to think otherwise, people tend to be reactive and there are many people who will not realize the problems this legislation will cause for them until they are in the throes of it being implemented. That said, many members of our delegation of weighed in on the issue. We received a statement from Congressman Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville):
Today’s delay is an admission that ObamaCare is not working. The President’s decision will postpone the damage, but the devastating impact to our economy cannot be stopped without full repeal. Today’s announcement gives us two more years to work for the full repeal of the law.
From a governing standpoint, the question is being asked all over whether the President has the authority to unilaterally delay the implementation of legislation. The danger here is that no one wants to challenge this decision because President Obama’s political allies understand this is the most palpable way forward to get what they want and those who oppose implementation are grateful for any delay that gives them more of a chance to stop things before they get started. Unfortunately this sets a dangerous precedent that can be cited later should someone decide to challenge President Obama or a future president if they make a similar move.
We have an abbreviated open item today unfortunately, but be sure to check out Matt Brinkman‘s piece from yesterday about Farm Bill reformers Congressman Marlin Stutzman and Americans for Prosperity and their efforts to Split the Bill. Also, in just a little bit we’ll have Writers’ Guild member Scott Tibbs offering his thoughts on the marriage debate.
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