Major newspaper editorial pages that President Barack Obama has generally been able to count on for support are now raising red flags about the White House’s potential for executive overreach.
“Although the administration may have the right motives, its aggressive use of executive power to change deadlines and weaken requirements sets an unwelcome precedent. It also risks subverting some of the goals of the law the president is trying to protect,” the Los Angeles Times’ editorial board said Monday.
The paper was referring to the Obama administration’s picking and choosing which aspects of the Affordable Care Act to enforce, most recently with last week’s announcement that employers with 50 to 99 employees would get a one-year exemption from the mandate to provide insurance for workers.
“Rather than changing the mandate by fiat, President Obama should have asked Congress to fix the provision,” the Times continued. “On the other hand, the Republicans who control the House have shown no interest in improving the law; they just want to kill it. So it’s hard to fault Obama for not engaging in a fool’s errand.”
But despite blaming anti-Obamacare sentiment from Republicans in Congress, the West coast’s largest newspaper said Obama should have made an effort to engage the co-equal branch. Keep reading at the Blaze