Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says the latest move by President Barack Obama to delay a mandate in the health insurance law undermines the credibility of the law.
Fortenberry accuses the president of exceeding his authority, again.
“The last one, if you go back and read the specific language in the bill, the president is not empowered by the law to have delayed that mandate,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And so, there are a lot of questions here as to whether or not this raw exercise of executive power has gone way beyond prudence and responsibility and this has created a great deal of consternation in Congress.”
The president has delayed the mandate that all insurance policies conform to the ten minimum requirements outlined in the law. The executive order will allow individuals with insurance policies that don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act to keep those policies through next year.
Fortenberry says many in Congress grumble about the president’s frequent use of executive orders.
“You will certainly hear some complaining, but the attempts to change the law; those have been tried and those have not worked, except in minor ways,” Fortenberry says. “There is a bill that I’m a part of now that creates an expedited review process through the judicial branch when the Congress believes the president has overstepped the bounds of the law. Barring some reform like that, it is very difficult for the Congress to actually stop such a move.”
Fortenberry contends the law doesn’t give the president the power he has assumed in delaying many of its mandates.
AUDIO: Congressman Jeff Fortenberry reacts to latest delay in Affordable Care Act. [2 min.]