Fred J. Eckert

On the day before Thanksgiving this news was posted at a blog on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services: The President of the United States had just made a change in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” better known as ObamaCare.

Shortly thereafter the Speaker of the House issued a statement in which he commented that “the president bit off more than he can chew with this health care law” and, “This law has been an absolute disaster.” Speaker John Boehner went on to say: “If the president won’t repeal it, he should at least delay the entire law before it wreaks any more havoc…”

America, we have a problem: We are in the midst of a serious constitutional crisis.

Consider what has been happening in our nation’s capital: President Barack Obama has asserted and acted upon the notion that he can at whim and by decree make changes to law – and Speaker Boehner is complicit both by his continuing acceptance of the president’s unilaterally changing law and by his publicly urging the president to do so one more time.

Worse, the president’s behavior is not some careless one-time blunder – it’s a calculated pattern of conduct.

President Obama has by edict changed provisions of laws governing welfare, drugs, education and especially ObamaCare, changing the employer mandate; changing requirements of the federal exchanges for small businesses; switching a strict income verification requirement to honor system self-verification; changing the federal exchange provision to obligate unauthorized billions of dollars in subsidies; bestowing upon Members of Congress the option of exempting themselves and their staffs from ObamaCare exchanges; changing statutory deadlines and reporting requirements; etc.

Besides refusing to abide by duly-enacted law, he has also actually fabricated law -- by enforcing provisions of legislation Congress had refused his request to enact, granting young persons illegally in the country immunity from deportation, using the absurd claim this was legitimate exercise of prosecutorial discretion when that’s something done on a case-by-case basis whereas his blanket action covered hundreds of thousands.

Fred J. Eckert

Fred J. Eckert is a former Republican congressman from New York and twice served as a US Ambassador under President Ronald Reagan, who called him “a good friend and valued advisor.”