In the world of President Obama, he believes he doesn’t need Congressional authority to do what he wants. How many times have you heard him say, “If Congress won’t act, I will”?
The employer mandate portion of Obamacare was set to kick in January 2014. With a wave of his hand, President Obama and his administration decided for political reasons, to delay the employer mandate until January 2015 — after the 2014 elections.
The administration doesn’t have the authority to change the law that way. So Congress decided to write up legislation giving the President that authority. What does he do? Threatens to veto it:
H.R. 2667 is unnecessary, and H.R. 2668 would raise health insurance premiums and increase the number of uninsured Americans. Enacting this legislation would undermine key elements of the health law, facilitating further efforts to repeal a law that is already helping millions of Americans stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, millions more who are getting free preventive care that catches illness early on, and thousands of children with pre-existing conditions who are now covered.
If the President were presented with H.R. 2667 and H.R. 2668, he would veto them.
That is the absurdity that is this administration.