Republican United States Senate candidate Ben Sasse doesn’t mince words in his reaction to President Barack Obama’s executive order that delays the business mandate in the health insurance law.
“It’s outrageous. I think it’s an unconstitutional act,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network in an interview. “It’s the 13th time since this law was passed that the administration has written an executive order or done a rule-making process that directly contravenes the text of the law.”
Sasse charges President Obama is making a political move, because he fears that enforcement of the business mandate will make the federal health insurance law more unpopular, which could hurt Democrats at the polls in November.
President 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.
Sasse also calls the actions of the president unconstitutional. He contends the Constitution prohibits the president from re-writing the law from the executive branch.
“The law is already a mess and too complicated, but the administration just keeps making it worse by pretending they can by administrative fiat and the executive branch write new law,” Sasse says.
Both the regulations within the Affordable Care Act and the philosophy behind it come under fire from Sasse, who contends conservatives must step forward with an alternative or watch Democrats move toward a single-payer system.
“We need to get doctors and nurses back into the center of the health care delivery system, not bureaucrats, either corporate, private insurance bureaucrats or public sector bureaucrats,” Sasse says. “We need to have a world where we move toward less government interference in what families want, which is to have a portable, long-term catastrophic policy and have a health delivery system that isn’t intermediated by so many financial intermediaries.”
Sasse proposes various alternatives, such as fixing a bias in the tax law that works against the individual insurance market, allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines, and providing portability of insurance policies.
Sasse insists the health care law cannot be fixed. He says it must be replaced.