Apparently not President Obama and many liberals these days. But - be careful; actions create consequences.
Ever since Obamacare’s implementation has gone off the rails, the White House has been trying to fix the law by deciding not to enforce, or to selectively enforce, or to enforce differently, various provisions of the law. The problem with that is…that it’s not how American government is supposed to work.
As any civics class teacher knows, the way American government is supposed to work according to the U.S. Constitution is that Congress makes laws, and then the executive branch executes them (that’s why it’s called the executive branch). It can’t decide what provisions it wants to enforce or not. The reason for that is pretty obvious: if the executive branch can decide willy-nilly to enforce or not enforce whatever legislative provisions it wants, it is, in effect–and in reality–enacting its own legislation. But nevermind that worrisome unconstitutionality.
What’s striking here is that liberals have gone along with these moves from the White House.
And it makes intuitive sense: they have so much invested in Obamacare’s success that, just like the Administration, they’re pretty much willing to do anything to get the law to work, no matter how far-fetched or, well, illegal.
The problem with this is that, of course, if it becomes accepted American Constitutional tradition that the President can apply whatever laws she wants, well, that tradition applies to Republicans as well as Democrats. Now that the Obama Administration has set a precedent that the White House can decide not to apply parts of Obamacare, it has given the authority to the next Republican administration to rewrite the health law at will, without even having to go to Congress. But, apparently, this doesn’t make liberals blanch.
Of course, the next Republican administration might want to use this new presidential superpower to rewrite all sorts of laws. Entitlement laws. Labor laws. Environmental laws. Abortion laws. Financial regulations. Civil liberties. The list goes on.
For decades, conservatives have been dreaming of enough power to reshape an American government that, despite the Reagan revolution, still remains fundamentally liberal in its structure. The Obama Administration may be handing it to them. With a liberal cheering section.