Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Law of the Land; Holding the Government Hostage

Robert Reich

"The Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare') is the law of the land. A majority of the House and Senate voted for it, the President signed it into law, its constitutionality has been upheld by the Supreme Court, and a majority of Americans reelected the President after an election battle in which the Affordable Care Act was a central issue... We don’t repeal laws in this country by holding hostage the entire government of the United States."

"The Act is hardly perfect, but neither was Social Security or Medicare when first enacted. The Constitution allows Congress to amend or delay laws that don’t work as well as they were intended, or even to repeal them. But to do any of this requires new legislation – including a majority of both houses of Congress and a president’s signature (or else a vote to override a president’s veto)."

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