There are two unique boxes in the world as we know it. The one in which lives (or doesn’t live) a little cat and one in which resides that which we don’t want to ever see.
In this health care debate I see both boxes as in play. We’ve already opened Pandora’s at the urging of Nancy Pelosi; we’ve passed it to see what’s in it and now we are all trying to figure out how to get parts of ACA back into the box while allowing the rest to roam free. Unfortunately, we are right now in a strange debate that sounds quite a bit like Edwin Schrodinger’s theory. But it doesn’t work with ACA no matter how hard people try.
During the Government Shutdown mess–no need to lay blame since it rests with both parties–we were reminded time and again by those of the left side of the aisle that Obamacare is “law” and that those on the right side of the aisle should accept the “law” and should “fund the law.” I’ll agree that it is a law and that the Republicans should have handled their grievances differently; all laws have a right to be repealed and that’s the process by which those righty’s should have gone. However, since it is a law, and since my civics classes taught me that only Congress can pass and change laws, I fear that we are entering into a Schrodinger’s dilemna. A dilemna what will lead us to opening another Pandora’s box. As the President continues to make changes at his discretion–he’s just delayed the individual mandate penalty by nine months and other Democrats are pushing for other extensions as the elections near–including various waivers for groups and corporations, there seems to be a pall that has fallen over the left. If this is a law, then what right does the President have to change things as he is? ACA can’t be a cat in a scientific box; it either is or it isn’t a law. The President either respects that it is a law, or behaves as though it isn’t and then we can’t be upset with the hostage holding that the Republicans attempted during the Shutdown. If it isn’t a law, as the President would appear to be saying with his behavior, then where did the Republicans go wrong. Congress is the keeper of the purse; they can fun and defund what they will. And there she is, Pandora, all tempting with her box.
I’m going to side with the Democrats on this one. ACA is a law. ACA should be treated as such. If the Republicans want to do away with it, win the next set of elections and vote it out like we did with slavery, alcohol and voting right’s issues. We’ve had bad laws before, assuming that ACA is one of these, and we’ve ridded ourselves of their burdens before. And since it is a law, I thing what we are missing in all of this–as we argue amongst ourselves over who is and isn’t really getting letters from their insurance companies saying that they are being dropped from their programs–is that the President is, once again, extending his powers beyond that which is allowed by law.
Obama has compared himself with Lincoln, FDR, and Reagan. Granted none of these were true comparisons based on accomplishments, but it is frightening that he looks to three presidents who did their best to ignore the Constitution and the duties specified to the various Federal offices. One has to wonder what “executive privilages” have been written into the heft that is the sum of ACA. And this is where things get frightening: We are in the midst of watching a president continue a horribly destructive pattern of illicit and illegal presidential expansion of powers and no one seems to be noticing. Instead, the media has us all bickering over the petty minutia of Obamacare while the obvious is running rampant before us and we don’t seem to care.
I can hear Pandora’s box opening and inside it we might actually find ourselves a dead little cat.