Government by Waiver
6:01 PM, Mar 7, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Hill reports that Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius added another 126 Obamacare waivers on Friday, bringing the tally to over 1,000 in the less than 12 months since Obamacare’s passage. Ed Morrissey aptly writes, “That’s one of the fundamental dangers of Obamacare. It’s government by whim, not by law.”
In a different era, Thomas Paine put it like this: “In America, THE LAW IS KING. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be King; and there ought to be no other. But lest any ill use should afterwards arise, let the crown...be demolished, and scattered among the people whose right it is.”
The amount of power that Obamacare, if not repealed, would give to the unelected Sebelius (and her successors and underlings), is as appalling as it is alarming. Moreover, the evidence is clear that Obamacare, which hasn’t even really kicked in yet, is already a feast for lobbyists and interest groups. In this newly politicized era of health care, the better connected you are, the more likely the “law” will bend your way. No wonder the overwhelming majority of Americans support repeal.