Boehner might have hoped that someone would save him from having to battle Obama over Obamacare. Maybe Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court would declare it unconstitutional. Maybe former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would get elected president, and the Republicans would win a filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate, and Romney would sign legislation repealing it -- even though, as governor, he had signed legislation creating a statewide version of it.
But neither Roberts nor Romney came to Boehner's rescue. So, Obama and his bureaucrats used the money Boehner's House gave them to implement Obamacare -- as they saw fit.
They issued the regulation requiring most health plans to cover sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs -- thus violating the First Amendment by forcing Christians to act against their faith.
Obama unilaterally suspended the provision in the law that requires large employers to buy health insurance for their workers or pay a penalty. He thus violated the president's constitutional mandate to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed."
As of Jan. 1, when the individual mandate takes effect, a family of four making up to $94,200 (400 percent of the federal poverty level) will qualify for a federal subsidy when purchasing an Obamacare-mandated health-insurance policy on a government-run exchange.
Those taxpayer-funded subsidies can be used to buy health-insurance plans that cover abortions.
Yet all this can be stopped. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is now urging the same plan King and Bachmann urged two years ago: Prohibit all funding for Obamacare in the next CR.
In a recent interview, Lee told me he was urging House Republicans to pass a CR that defunds Obamacare. He said he will propose a defunding amendment to any CR that comes up in the Senate.
"Republicans in the Senate and Republicans in the House need to stand on this issue, need to refuse to budge," Lee said, "because we will be complicit in Obamacare, we will be responsible for what happens to the country with Obamacare, as the government selectively enforces this law, as the administration has now rewritten it, if we provide funding for the administration to do that."
At a press conference last week, Boehner was asked about Lee's plan. "We have not made any decisions about how we're going to deal with the CR," said Boehner.
Mike Lee is emerging as a new leader in the cause of liberty. John Boehner appears to be cowering again.
Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. To find out more about him, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.
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