Consider Trump's efforts to end the unconstitutional health insurance mandate.
Voters gave Republicans a mandate to eliminate the mandate six years ago. They lollygag.
Last November voters gave Trump the same mandate. He took action. Now Faux Conservatives attack, attack, and attack him.
First the facts -- as misrepresented by the Faux Conservative media.
From the Washington Times:
The IRS is no longer requiring that tax returns indicate that a person has health insurance under Obamacare — a move that Reason magazine called a major blow to the law’s individual mandate.Wrong.
I will explain later.
First the sky-is-falling hysteria.
From Jazz Shaw at Hot Air:
Opponents of both the individual and employer mandates (among which I include myself) are no doubt cheering this announcement. I remain of the opinion that these mandates are patently unconstitutional no matter what Supreme Court had to say on the subject. But given the fact that the law still exists and is on the books, is this legal? Our colleague Patterico at Red State finds the proposal to be on dubious legal grounds at best, but beyond that sees this move as a terrible way to approach policy on a couple of levels.Actually, executive orders are required by the Constitution as the president is the chief of the executive branch and must instruct government employees will carry out the law.
From Patterico (who is a district attorney):
At Reason.com, Peter Suderman reports that the IRS has passed a rule that says they will accept tax returns that don’t indicate whether someone has health coverage. If the report is accurate, the ObamaCare mandate is now optional. It’s pursuant to President Trump’s executive order softening the impact of ObamaCare;
This does not sound legal.It is. He knows it. "Executive Order" became a leftist bogey man under Bush 43, and righties adopted that attitude.
But Suderman, Jazz Shaw, and Patterico should have looked before they leaped. Syderman had to sheepishly admit he got the story wrong.
Correction: The IRS did not reject silent returns last year, as this story originally indicated. The plan was to go into effect this year, for 2016 returns, but the IRS reversed course on February 3. Reason regrets the error.So the story is Line 61 was never mandatory.
Democrats never, ever required people to fill out that line.
The sky is not falling -- as much as these Faux Conservatives.
Emily Litella called. She wants her "never mind" back.
Listen -- and listen good -- we are in a fight against Evil: a federal government that consumes more than one-third of all economic activity in America.
We do not have time for these games. Get over Trump's nomination already.
If not -- goodbye.
True Conservatives have no time for these fakes.
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