Krauthammer: Obama Abuses Powers with Obamacare Fixes

Saturday, 30 Nov 2013 05:30 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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President Barack Obama is abusing his powers in office through making several "fixes" in his own healthcare law, columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer says.

"The president seems to think that he has the right to change duly-passed statutes on his own,' Krauthammer told Fox News' Harris Faulkner Friday on the "On the Record" program.

For example, Krauthammer said that the president decided on his own to change the employer mandate, postponing it rather than going through Congress. However, he said according to the Constitution, the president's powers don't extend to changing laws.

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"You're not allowed to do that," Krauthammer said. "You have to change the law in Congress if you want to do that."

He also brought up Obama's 2012 "recess appointments" when the president used a maneuver to get round Congress' blocking of his nominees. The problem was, Krauthammer said, Congress was not technically in recess.

Now the president has announced that insurers who canceled their customers' policies should reinstate them — which would violate the federal law because insurers are not allowed to issue policies after 2013 that do not meet minimum Obamacare minimum standards.

"Obama's own law is something that he ignores," Krauthammer said. "It's the cavalier attitude that I find absolutely astonishing."

Meanwhile, Krauthammer said that Obama's promise that Americans could keep their insurance was "a matter of deception."

"He sold the bill, promised the bill and added the word period." said Krauthammer. "No arguments, no curlicues."

But the party in power is "willing to overlook all kinds of illegalities...if it satisfies its agenda," he said. "One day, the other guys are going to be in power, and Democrats will rue the day when they allowed all this."

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