Republican United States Senate candidate Sid Dinsdale says President Obama’s use of executive orders to change deadlines for enforcement of various parts of the health insurance law brings into question what kind of system America operates under.
“When you can pass a law and then the president just discriminately says who’s bound by that law and who’s not. I don’t think it’s right. I think we need to debate and argue about laws and rules. I don’t agree with that kind of discretion,” Dinsdale says in an interview with Nebraska Radio Network.
President Barack Obama has postponed enforcement of the business mandate in the health insurance law for another year. Small businesses will not have to comply next year. Larger businesses will only have to provide health insurance for 75% of their employees, rather than the 95% outlined in the law.
Dinsdale says the actions taken by the president reveal problems with the law.
“I think it definitely does,” Dinsdale says. “It shows that the law is not ready for prime time and hasn’t been. So, now America is divided with different types of health care rules. Some apply to some and not to others. I think it’s a real lack of leadership and shows our president doesn’t have the resume to lead our country.”
Dinsdale says the law was sold on a false premise.
“But, we can do a lot better than Obamacare. We can do it and still achieve what we all feel needs to be done, where people have good health care, but they have always had access. Obamacare was sold that we didn’t have access, which is just not true. Everybody had access, most of us through the front door, some through the emergency room.”
As far as Obama’s liberal use of executive orders, Dinsdale says the president is violating the separation of powers.
“We are a democracy and that’s why I want to go back there (to Washington),” Dinsdale says. “As a business guy with a long, wide, deep resume, I want to fight for our way of life. I’m afraid that’s where we are. We’re fighting for our way of life. We can argue and debate, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, but Congress should mean something. We shouldn’t have a president taking on decisions just by the stroke of a pen and the phone, to use his own words.”
Dinsdale has been president of Pinnacle Bancorp in Omaha since 1994. Pinnacle is a four-bank holding company which includes Pinnacle Bank-Nebraska.