When Bill Clinton jumps off the bus over embarrassing prevarications, you know it’s getting serious.
The former president’s rebuke last week of President Obama for repeatedly lying to Americans that they could keep their health insurance policies under Obamacare shows that the Comeback Kid still has an acute ear to feel our pain. Also, that he’s prepared to throw anyone under the bus in order to get back into the White House behind Hillary’s skirt.
There is rich irony in a sitting president being lectured for his lies by a predecessor known mainly for cheating on his wife and pondering aloud the meaning of the word “is.”
It was enough to prod the current White House occupant to admit last Thursday that he “fumbled” the rollout and might not have been as well informed about his plan as he would have liked. Someone should have told him that he was lying!
The most striking part of his press conference, however, was the announcement that he was unilaterally suspending enough of the plan so that people could keep their current (or just cancelled) insurance policies for another year. Really? We are once again a free people, able to contract our own coverage? But only for another year?
How did we get to the point where one man has this kind of dictatorial power over his fellow Americans? The Constitution’s Article II, Section 2 requires the president to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” – not just the ones he likes at any given moment. This president not only ignores laws but makes them up as he goes along, since “we can’t wait” for Congress to act.
He cannot legally ignore enforcing the insurance aspect of Obamacare any more than he can suspend the employer mandate without congressional approval. Yet, he has done both with impunity.
For their part, certain clueless Republicans are trying to save the American people from the Democrats’ folly by offering a legislative fix behind which frightened Democrats could hide. The prospect of changing the GOP’s status from perennial, gracious losers to a party holding four aces might just be too daunting.
As Obamacare implodes, all sorts of people are scrambling for safety. It isn’t just the six Democratic U.S. senators who voted for Obamacare and are up for re-election in 2014 in states that Mitt Romney carried. It’s California’s Dianne Feinstein, who isn’t up until 2018, but is getting an earful from the more than one million Californians who have seen their health policies disappear.
If I were a Republican paid advisor – and you know I’m not because I’m not collecting millions of dollars for showing them new ways to lose by “moving toward the center,” I would advise them to do two things.