“What the Court did not do on its last day in session I will do on my first day if elected President of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal Obamacare.... Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It's bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It’s bad law today.”
That was Republican presidential candidate (and presumptive nominee) Mitt Romney’s response to today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding ObamaCare.
Earlier today I analyzed the Court’s decision in terms of its misreading, misinterpretation, and mangling of the Constitution and the principles of limited government upon which it is founded.
Mitt Romney’s statement on that subject deserves the same scrutiny.
First, Romney’s promise to “repeal Obamacare” is as unconstitutional a statement as anything written by Chief Justice John Roberts in today’s Supreme Court’s majority opinion.
Article I, Section 7 and Article II, Sections 2 and 3 set out the very brief list of powers allotted by the states to the president in the Constitution. Basically, those provisions give the president power to veto an act of Congress or sign it into law; act as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces; make treaties, appoint ambassadors, federal judges, and other federal officers (with the advice and consent of the Senate); fill vacancies in those offices during recess of the Senate; and take care that the laws of the country are “faithfully executed.”
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