A Florida orthodontist has joined Judicial Watch to challenge the Obama administration's one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers must provide healthcare for their workers or pay a fine.
"I feel that he [President Barack Obama] crossed the red line when he chose to waive the employer mandate. He generally rules by executive fiat. He feels that he's a Congress of one," Dr. Larry Kawa told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"But just because the law is named after him does not empower him to pick and choose which parts of the law he's going to enforce for the sake of political convenience."
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Kawa said the first two articles of the Constitution — that Congress is the only body of government that has the right to make or change a law, and that the president has the duty to enforce those laws — are being violated.
"Not only is he not enforcing them, but he's changing them, and it underscores the hypocrisy of the fact that when he took his presidential oath, he swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Interestingly enough, it's he who we need to protect it from," Kawa said.
Kawa admits, however, that if he and Judicial Watch win their lawsuit, his business, Kawa Orthodontics, would have to shell out more money for employee healthcare.
"I am not here to dismantle the law. I am here to make sure that the law is enforced, and I'm not trying to rush it. I simply want it to be enforced on time. It says in no uncertain terms in the law that the effective date shall be Jan. 1, 2014," he said.
"We're actually seeking two things: an injunction to prevent [the president] from waiving the employer mandate for political convenience and . . . a declaratory action . . . … to memorialize the fact that this was an attempted illegal mandate."
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