When government fails to follow the tenets of its authority contained in the Constitution for the united States of America, citizens are left with an "anything goes" type of government. The prior administration used the "pen and phone" as though those two objects were the legislative body of the republic. Are we going to accept another "pen and phone" legislative body because the president happens to be a Republican instead of a Democrat?
Because both chambers of Congress have failed to act on repealing Obamacare, working instead on "repeal and replace" the disastrous insurance program with another destined-to-fail Republican plan, President Trump indicated he would use the "pen" of executive order to get a repeal. Being that Obamacare is an unconstitutional piece of legislation, the President, through executive order, only needs to instruct government agencies not to enforce the imploding usurpation, allowing the free market insurance industry to return and reset itself. The President, like so many in politics, the media and those holding anti-constitutional views, equates health care to health care insurance by stating in a tweet that he would bring "great healthcare to many" using the power of the pen because Congress cannot act on healthcare.
Since Congress can't get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people - FAST
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Trump is expected to sign the executive order this week to start lifting insurance rules set through the Affordable Care Act, The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, quoting a senior administration official.
The order is expected to expand options for Americans buying coverage on their own or for those who work for small employers. According to the publication, it will include instructions for agencies to loosen regulations in hopes of lowering premiums.
According to the administration official, who was not identified, Trump is expected to order the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury to work to allow people to purchase insurance through "association health plans," which would resemble large employers' health plans.
The measure would still fall under ACA restrictions such as a ban on lifetime limits. [emphasis mine]
So, technically, President Trump is using his executive order power unlawfully, outside the constitutional parameters to ensure the laws are faithfully executed. In essence, he will be changing the law to suit his preferences, just as Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Soebarkah. Instead of seeing Obamacare legislation as a usurpation where an executive order should be used to cease enforcement, President Trump uses unconstitutional means to address an unconstitutional piece of legislation.
Trump also is expected to order a pullback on regulations limiting "short-term medical insurance," instead allowing people to buy the lower-cost plans for up to one year, reversing an Obama administration ban on the plans for more than 90 days.
Trump's order is expected to include a directive for agencies to expand health reimbursement accounts, to allow employees to use the pretax dollars to pay for out-of-pocket medical costs.
The president promised the order after Senate Republicans did not advance a repeal proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, which ended Republican efforts to roll back Obamacare at that time.
Trump on Friday issued new rules to allow employers to opt out of an Obamacare rule requiring employers to provide female employees with no-cost birth control coverage.
The new rule says that employers with religious or moral qualms can cover some birth control methods, but not others. The Obama-era rule applied to all FDA methods, including birth control pills and the controversial morning-after pill.
Trump's rule this week also could allow for insurance purchases across state lines, a plan Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has championed for some time.
Trump has agreed with Paul that selling insurance across state lines could bring competition allowing premium costs to be lowered, but experts say that is not guaranteed, as costs can vary based on geographic location needs, reports PBS NewsHour.
President Trump is following in the footsteps of Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Soebarkah in using executive order to accomplish legislative change when the legislative body refuses to pass legislation or is slow to pass legislation. As many have stated before, allowing a president to change legislation with the stroke of a pen, as was the case with Obama, sets a terrible precedent that other presidents will seek to use in their favor or exploit. The president can use the executive order constitutionally since Obamacare is unconstitutional and a usurpation to order government agencies to ignore it. But, like many others, he is stuck on health care equating to health care insurance and that somehow health care and health care insurance are "rights."
Many do not understand why health care is not a right. Health care is not a right; because, to receive health care, an individual relies on the education and talents of another. And, health care insurance is not a right for it relies on someone and something else. Rights come from God, are inherent, and unalienable. The supposed "right of health care and health care insurance" is a tool of government, signaling government has the giver of rights instead of God.
What is surprising is the often constitutional spouting Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) voicing support for executive orders that are clearly outside the constitutional parameters of the president, which is to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Remember, a law is only lawful when it falls within the authority granted the legislative body by the Constitution – any outside that authority is a usurpation, is not law, and deserves to be treated as such, meaning ignored. It isn't as though Senator Paul doesn't know what this executive order details.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Tuesday he believes President Donald Trump’s pending Obamacare executive order is “a great plan & a big deal for millions of Americans.”
“This will be a great plan & a big deal for millions of Americans. I’ve been working with @realDonaldTrump for months on this. Details soon,” Paul tweeted Tuesday morning.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 10, 2017
In some instances, "what is good for the goose is good for the gander," but not when it comes to violations of the law and the Constitution. The retaliation mindset is what sets in motion tyranny, despotism and anarchy. It is why the Constitution limits all branches of the government.
As Newsmax.com indicated and reiterated by The Daily Caller, the executive order will allow the purchase of health care insurance plans across State lines. Yet, State governments are not subservient to the federal government except where the federal government holds exclusive authority. Since the federal government holds no constitutional authority for health care or health care insurance, States decide which companies sell insurance plans inside its boundaries. Citizens have witnessed the States bow to the ever-encroaching federal government upon authority reserved to the people or the States.
Because of the lack of use of constitutional remedies to thwart Obamacare, this republic is experiencing a continuing constitutional crisis. The House of Representatives failed to use the power of the purse to stop Obamacare. States refused to nullify the unconstitutional piece of legislation. Now, President Trump refuses to use executive order constitutionally to cease enforcement of the unconstitutional legislation, choosing instead to use executive power unconstitutionally to implement part of his health care plan upon which he campaigned. How does all of this end well for this republic?
As was often heard as a child, "two wrongs don't make a right." And, accepting a wrong because of party support, candidate popularity, or "he's my man" is not supporting, protecting or defending the Constitution for the united States of America. Remember, if government can give it, government can take it away.
No one wants to see Obamacare gone and the Republican legislative atrocity defeated more than those who support fully the Constitution. However, the citizens cannot accept unconstitutional means to do so nor can we accept politicians willing to support such actions. The more citizens of this republic accept unconstitutional means to fix unconstitutional legislation the closer this republic comes to being a dictatorship. Seeing that many already support legislation by the "Black-robed Nine" oligarchy and a certain sect supported "pen and phone" legislation of the previous administration, it isn't a far stretch to see many on the so-called "right" support likable legislation via the pen and phone. If that seems like too far a stretch, read some of the comments to both referenced articles.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.