Streetwise Professor

November 14, 2013

For His Next Ukase, Obama Orders All Toothpaste Back Into the Tube

Filed under: Economics,Politics,Regulation — The Professor @ 7:57 pm

Today Obama allegedly announced a “fix” to the insurance cancellation problem.  His alleged fix is that he will issue a ukase permitting insurance companies to violate the law that is commonly referred to by his name by restoring (or not canceling) policies that do not conform to the ACA requirements.

I guess since it’s “his” law, with his name on it and everything, he can change it at a whim or something.  Lesley Gore should come back and record “It’s my law that I’ll change if I want to, change if I want to.”

So much for the faithfully execute the laws thing: did Obama teach that when he lectured about Constitutional law at Chicago?  Or maybe there’s a secret annex to the Constitution that permits the president to suspend the law if it’s politically inconvenient, or he just feels like it.  Maybe they tell the president about it right before inauguration, when they tell him about the secret nuclear codes.  Funny that no other president seemed to be as familiar with this annex as Obama.

But even overlooking the illegality of the actions, what about the practicality? In fact, his ukase is obviously wholly impractical.  Insurance companies, state regulators (which just tells us that there are other Constitutional issues here, namely federalism), and individuals have all made changes and adjustments predicated on the assumption that the ACA would be implemented as written.  Silly insurance companies.  Silly regulators.  Silly individuals.  But having been silly, it is utterly impossible for them to restore the status quo ante.

In essence, Obama has ordered that toothpaste be put back into the tube.  It can’t happen and it won’t happen.

At which time Obama will turn on the insurance companies, and blame them.  You can see this coming a mile away.

Not that that will help one individual who has lost coverage and can’t get it back.  But Obama really doesn’t care about that.  He is all about limiting the political damage.

Perhaps some insurance companies will challenge this in court, but I doubt it.  They know that the administration can-and will-punish them if they have the temerity to fight back.

It is hard to have too much sympathy for the insurers.  They made their bed, and they can’t really complain about what’s being done to them in it.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans will pay for  the corrupt bargain between insurers and the administration (and Congress).  These are the wages of corporatism.

I wrote quite a while ago.  Obamacare delenda est. Now more than ever.  This is the only fix.

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  1. Ah, ruling by decree! Maybe he learned something from his meetings with Putin after all.

    Comment by Tim Newman — November 14, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

  2. In my view the U.S. health insurance system needed a significant reform. But what was proposed was far not the solution of the problem.

    Generally speaking I don’t have a lot of expectations from presidents and the Congress. For me it is enough if they promote a solution and get out of the way in order to let the problem get solved.

    In a situation like this I would look at the vision and the personality of the president. Glitches adn problems may happen, solutions may fail. But does this person have an accaptable vision and does he have a personality that I trust.

    In both ways the Omnipotent President comes way short of my expectations and tolerance threshold.

    So, I am sitting here and just coutning – three more years to go…

    Comment by MJ — November 15, 2013 @ 3:15 am

  3. You would cry too if it happened to you.

    Comment by Green as Grass — November 15, 2013 @ 4:49 am

  4. Incidentally, liking “ukase” but somehow “Papal bull” always comes to mind with The One.

    Comment by Green as Grass — November 15, 2013 @ 4:54 am

  5. Papal Bull – no reason to get scatological here folks! The whole issue is that we have one (or more) of four things here with the O: a liar, an incompetent, a lying incompetent and an incompetent liar. Maybe all four. His incompetence has now reached a point where it MIGHT actually hurt him, however.

    Before the O basically had the Blame Bush umbrella, was able to fund people getting free cell phones and plenty of boodle from Solyndra, et al. at no apparent cost to anyone – Not with Kid Weimar (Bernanke) running the presses. Ol’ Yellin – another plausible incompetent bungle-crat from the hermetically sealed Reg / Banking terrarium will no doubt continue to make happy noises, but it will only go so far.

    Now he has screwed up big time in public at a time when a lot of his party is facing an election, doing something so stupid that even the press is having a hard time covering it up. His idiocy, along with his enablers is now triggering an existential crisis for a lot of his followers, in a way that is hard to hide. Let us hope that the grand tradition of the Democrats forming a circular firing squad will commence. We have to get some fun out of this complete Cluster F*.

    Unfortunately, that is all the fun there will be. God help us all.

    Comment by Sotos — November 15, 2013 @ 9:19 am

  6. “The trouble with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money” – Margaret Thatcher (pbuh)

    Comment by Green as Grass — November 15, 2013 @ 11:07 am

  7. @all-Continuing with the Lesley Gore theme, of course another variation could be “It’s my law and I’ll lie if I want to, lie if I want to.” Indeed, that that seems unimpeachably accurate.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 15, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

  8. @Professor Or, “I gave you my word, it is my word, and I take it back…” 😉

    Comment by MJ — November 15, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

  9. Still do not understand why no one (or group) with resources can take him to court.

    Comment by SamuelCyrus — November 30, 2013 @ 2:45 am

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