9:20 AM, Jan 16, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Republicans in congress have some plans for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the Supreme Court will be considering the possibility that that language in the bill itself might, if followed literally, doom the program.
But it is not as though the law has ever been “settled” or “established.” It changes, or has been changed, many times since passage. It changes, it sometimes seems, to fit the occasion. What is a mandate when the law is being written, becomes a tax when its constitutionality is being debated by the Court. As Tyler Hartsfield and Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute write:
By our count at the Galen Institute, more than 46 significant changes already have been made to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: at least 28 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 16 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court.
Nancy Pelosi once said that it would be necessary to pass the ACA in order to find out what was in it.
Turns out that passage was necessary but insufficient. Just when you think you understand the thing, it changes.
It is the soup sandwich of big government programs.
Dec 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14 • By TERRY EASTLAND
With his aggressive executive action on immigration, President Obama has struck a constitutional nerve in the body politic. The first lawsuit challenging the president’s action was filed last week by a coalition of 18 states led by Texas. Oklahoma is about to file, and other states may do so as well.
5:15 PM, Dec 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security is hiring 1,000 new employees and has secured new office space to implement provisions of the November executive order on immigration. The Washington Times reports:
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THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's newly announced executive actions on immigration policy and amnesty.
Censure-plus.Dec 1, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 12 • By JAY COST
For responding to a president who defies his constitutional limits, Congress is said to possess four powers: to impeach, to defund, to investigate, and to withhold confirmation of nominees.
But there is a fifth recourse, which the new Republican Congress might consider in view of President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants: the power to censure. In fact, censure could work in tandem with Congress’s other powers, helping the legislature make the moral case for responding to the president’s lawlessness.
10:46 AM, Nov 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House speaker John Boehner told President Obama at a White House meeting last Friday to give the House "one more chance" to pass a bill on immigration. Boehner referenced this conversation at the House Republican conference meeting Thursday morning, according to sources in the room.
"I suspect that on my flight back, this will be part of my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we've looked at."12:26 PM, Sep 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama was asked whether he'll be delaying executive action on immigration until after the mid-term election. He told reporters he was still reviewing options but that he's going to act "within the legal constraints of my office."
'The president has resolved to use as much authority as he can muster within the confines of the law.'12:16 PM, Aug 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that President Obama "is determined as ever" to take executive action to deal with the issue of immigration:
"You did hear from the president yesterday, where he reiterated his strong commitment to take action within the scope of his authority to solve or at least address so many of the problems that are created by our broken immigration system," said spokesman Earnest.
When it comes to dealing with Congress, he would prefer not to.Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By FRED BARNES
President Obama insists Republican opposition to his policies has forced him to boycott Congress and resort to governing by executive order. This is only partially true. Yes, Republicans strongly oppose his initiatives. But refusing to deal with Congress was Obama’s decision, his choice.
7:39 AM, Aug 6, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich told radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday that if President Barack Obama proceeds to amnesty thousands of illegal immigrants through executive order, Republicans should make the case against such a move the party's "number one" campaign issue for the 2014 midterm elections.