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Obamacare Versus Rule of Law

By From the December 2013 issue

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The botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act offers a stunning example of President Obama’s unrelenting attempts to expand executive power—his power—beyond what the Constitution allows. On November 14, the president announced that he was dispensing with a key provision of the law, Section 2702, for a year. That section states that beginning on January 1, 2014, every policy sold in individual and small group markets must include 10 so-called essential benefits.Leave it to the “Washington knows best crowd” to dictate what Americans’ health insurance must cover. The assumption is that we are too stupid to choose insurance for ourselves. It’s like passing a law that the only cars we can buy are four-door sedans. No hatchbacks and no convertibles, because we won’t know when to put the top up.

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Betsy McCaugheyis a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Analysis and author of Beating Obamacare 2014.