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Political Confusion

Published July 31, 2014 2:33 PM by Michael Kelley

I think in previous posts when I've discussed politics, I've disclosed that as a lifelong Chicagoan, I've been brought up with a pretty liberal mindset when it comes to politics. That being said, I've also always felt that despite my liberal leanings, I've always been willing to listen to and discuss with those who disagree with me or have differing ideas. But this week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives did something that really just has me baffled. Let me try to explain...

In 2009, the then Democrat-controlled Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare). After many long drawn-out court battles and even several stints in the Supreme Court, the law remains largely intact today, and various parts of it have gradually been implemented over the past 5 years. Now obviously today's congressional Republicans aren't the biggest fans of the Affordable Care Act, and they've voiced their opinion to the tune of nearly 50 votes to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (not a single one of those votes amounted to anything).

But this week, Republicans voted to give the House of Representatives the authority to file a lawsuit against the President for his lack of enforcement of the law. Over the past few years, President Obama has delayed the implementation of several parts of the law, notably the requirement for small businesses to provide healthcare coverage to their employees or pay a fine. Congressional Republicans now seem to be saying that by delaying the full implementation of law, the President is overstepping his constitutional authority, in which he is charged with enforcing the laws that the congress passes. Congressional Republicans say they are doing this to preserve the Constitution, the separation of powers, and their own congressional authority. Democrats say it's a political stunt.

Here's my take... I can't imagine Congressional Republicans are suing the President just to enforce a law they absolutely despise. If they hated the law so much, shouldn't they be rejoicing at the President's willingness to delay implementing part of it? If they are really suing the President in an effort to uphold the Constitution, well, I would certainly salute their patriotism, but I doubt their motives are quite so sincere (I have no proof of this, just my gut feeling).

So we are left with the "why?" Why sue the President of the United States to get him to enforce a law you hate? Are they trying to force the President to enforce the full law in hopes that people are hurt by it somehow (financially or otherwise), so Republicans can then use that as some sort of political leverage? If that's the case, that to me is a pretty huge risk! It's just got me so confused. What's the end game here?

What do you think about all this? What do you think is the motive behind Congressional Republican's actions this week? Do you agree with them? What would you do if you were a Congressional Republican or Democrat for that matter?

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