Monday, Nov 24, 2014
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Read between the lines - all 15,000 pages


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All the Democrats who voted for the Affordable Health Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare," should be pilloried for their unconscionable act of voting in this monstrously anti-American piece of legislation.

Never forget the words of Speaker Nancy Pelosi who infamously proclaimed, "You have to vote for the Bill to find out what's in it."

As the last four years have unfolded, the Affordable Care Act has been revealed to be an unworkable bureaucratic nightmare that to date has spawned 15,000 pages of regulations for its implementation.

It is so good that hundreds of waivers have been issued to friends of the administration, such as some union supporters, who have determined it will not be good for them.

The administration wants to hire some 16,000 new IRS agents to be the enforcers of the bill, that is, to go after those who don't comply with its onerous rules and regulations.

The legislation is so convoluted and complex that even the administration doesn't understand it. Now, in a blatantly political move, the Obama administration has decreed that there will be a one-year delay in a core requirement that businesses must provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

This is where the need for 16,000 more IRS agents comes in.

It also, by coincidence, pushes the implementation past the 2014 mid-term elections, knowing it would be a serious political issue.

The announcement was made by Treasury Assistant Secretary, Mark Mazur, who posted a blog, "We have listened to your feedback and we are taking action."

While this is a major concession to the business community, it does not delay the mandate for individuals to obtain health insurance beginning in 2014 of face fines.

Remember, last year the Supreme Court ruled that the fine amounted to a tax, ergo it was constitutional.

It was a stretching of definitions, but that's what happened and the court became the final arbitrator on the issue.

However, in an article by Walter Williams, economic professor at George Mason University, he reminded us of the warning of Thomas Jefferson: "To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy."

So even before this nation saw controversial constitutional questions, Jefferson was warning us of what the judiciary could be become if the people allowed it to happen.

It seems we are not heeding the words of Jefferson and others and are watching the judiciary overturning the will of the people.

Len Tria, a regular columnist for Hernando Today, lives in Spring Hill and is a former Hernando County commissioner.

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