(CBS News) After months of complaints and backlash, the administration is delaying what's called the "employer mandate" under the Affordable Care Act.Love it or hate it, Obamacare is law, passed legally and signed properly. When the Executive branch simply decides that it's going to change the rules, it circumvents the process of amending laws. If you can do that, what can't you do? Can they simply make rules up out of thin air without bothering to go to Congress at all?
The mandate requires companies with more than 50 full-time employees to offer health insurance or pay a $2,000 penalty - but that rule is being suspended for a year until January of 2015.
The answer to that last question, of course, is yes. That's the whole point of 1,000+ page bills larded up with suggestions and concepts to be fleshed out by the armies of bureaucrats in the Executive branch. The Executive branch gains enormous power with each one of these monstrosities.
Meanwhile, California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment legally voted on and passed, was determined to be unconstitutional by the courts. And you thought your vote counted!
There are no rules.
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