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Friday, December 20, 2013

Ad hoc government

One of the hallmarks of the "Rule of Law" is that it was a fixed standard.  Unlike the days when a king could govern on the basis of a whim, laws established clear and defined standards for the application of governing.  But we are moving further and further away from that, back to the "Rule of Men".  Or perhaps that should include "Queen Seeb".

From Chris Stirewalt of Fox:

HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES: OBAMACARE REWRITTEN AGAIN - The federal government banned millions of insurance policies, forbidding what President Obama referred to as “bad apple” coverage. The new policies under ObamaCare were supposed to be, as his chief spokesman said, “an apple that’s fresh and delicious.” If you liked your produce but couldn’t, as promised, keep it, you would like the ObamaCare version even better. As it turns out, many of the people whose insurance policies the administration banned simply cannot afford the new, ObamaCare complaint offerings. What’s answer? To allow Americans to buy bare-bones plans previously available only in special cases. How about them apples?

Obama drives another fiat - As ObamaCare’s Web site gets under full steam after nearly three months of failure, it has become clear that the program will result in coverage disruptions for many Americans. Despite the administration calling on the insurance industry to try to accommodate the pandemonium created by contradictory orders from the administration, the latest rule change is essentially waiving a central provision of the law for anyone currently insured. The individual mandate was intended to boost insurance companies that are seeing profits crunched under new federal regulations – margins would go down but volume would go up. It matters to you because without enough paying customers, insurers will be forced to further hike rates. Waiving the mandate is a big change to make by proclamation.

Wormy - The worse apples now being pushed by Obama don’t provide much money to offset the risks, and that’s even if insurers are able to keep pace with the ever-changing Obama position on what is good and what is bad for American insurance consumers. The possibility of systemic collapse in the New Year looks increasingly real.
This is government on the fly, making it up as it goes.  Now, I'm a big fan of improvisational jazz and improv comedy.  But not for governing a country of over 300 million people.  That requires clear, consistent law.  Which is the furthest thing from the minds of those in the current regime.

Where are all those folks that complained about the Imperial Presidencies of Nixon, Reagan and Bush?  Oh yeah, it's different when it's our guy in the White House.

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