Has there ever been a sweeping federal law passed whose authors chose to remain so willfully ignorant of its consequences? But the Democrats who voted for the bill choose to stick their heads in the sand and hope voters won't notice. And they do so even though it requires ceding their legislative authority to an executive branch that seems to believe it has the power to rewrite the law as it chooses.
It's hard to know whether Democrats will pay for the abrogation of their duties at the polls in November. It's bad enough that partisan gerrymandering has left most -- a whopping 400 -- districts so uncompetitive that challengers from the opposing party stand little chance of winning. What's worse is that many voters don't know or don't care that only Congress, not the president, has the power to change a law.
Maybe Republicans will be successful in persuading voters that the president has misled the American people and that his minions in Congress should pay the consequences. But even if the GOP takes control of the Senate and expands its majority in the House, there is no chance of repealing the Affordable Care Act or even amending it in any significant way. President Obama will simply veto any bill Congress passes that changes his signature accomplishment. Barring a Supreme Court challenge that strikes down the law, we're stuck with Obamacare until 2017 at the earliest.
Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics .
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