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As I usually do in the morning, as I am getting my girls ready for school, I opened up the Drudge Report on my iPhone, and was amazed to read that President Obama and the Dept. of HHS were going to waive the individual mandate for as many as 500,000 Americans. I turned to a BLOG post on the “Weekly Standard,” by Daniel Halper titled, “The First Crack in the Individual Mandate.” The article goes on to describe a little know clause in the ObamaCare law, which includes a “Hardship Excemption”. This exemption was meant for those “experienced financial or domestic circumstances, including an unexpected natural or human-caused event, such that he or she had a significant, unexpected increase in essential expenses that prevented him or her from obtaining coverage under a qualified health plan,” Halpern explains.
Apparently, the administration has agreed with a group of senators led by Mark Warner of Virginia, who argued that having your insurance canceled counted as “an unexpected natural or human-caused event.” I had to pause and laugh as the thought hit me. The president just admitted that the cost of health insurance under ObamaCare is a financial hardship worthy of a “hardship exemption.” It is unfortunate the president had to create more than another 500,000 uninsured before he realized his precious law was a hardship to Americans. I am hopeful Congress will come to its senses and finally puts an end to this madness. At the very least, there should be a bi-partisan call in to delay the implementation of ObamaCare for at least one more year. But the only thing that will truly help to restore sanity to a country that is feeling pressure at every seam, is a complete repeal of ObamaCare.
While I don’t believe the president has the authority to unilaterally change a law passed by Congress, I do see some light at the end of the rainbow. This however will require the Congress to show some backbone and do what needs to be done. But it seems we have a large number of legislators in both the House and Senate who are too status quo. Legislators, such as my senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, have continually shown that while they are good at talking tough, they have little will or desire to do what needs to be done to reduce the size and scope of government and to protect American’s liberty.
In my case, I am lucky that I have a good conservative candidate to support—State Rep. Joe Carr (http://www.CarrForTN.com). Please do your homework on your elected officials, and if you feel they are not up to the task, find one who is.