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Five Times Obama & His Allies Claimed ObamaCare Was “The Law Of The Land,” “Settled” And “Here To Stay”

- October 24, 2013

Last Night, The Obama Administration Confirmed Plans To Push Back The Deadline For Complying With ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate By Six Weeks. “The Obama administration is working to push back a deadline to prevent people who buy insurance during ObamaCare’s open enrollment from being hit by the law’s individual mandate penalty, a Health and Human Services official said Wednesday. Right now people must to sign up by Feb. 15 if they want to avoid paying the penalty — even though there are six weeks left in the enrollment season. … What’s unclear is precisely how the administration intends to make those changes. Some experts suggested that HHS could issue a blanket exemption from the penalty for anyone who obtains insurance between Feb. 16 and March 31.” (Kyle Cheney, “White House May 'Align' ObamaCare Signup Dates,” Politico, 10/23/13) 

  • The Hill Headline: “White House Delays ObamaCare Sign-Up Amid Midterm Fears.” (Elise Viebeck, “White House Delays ObamaCare Sign-Up Amid Midterm Fears,” The Hill, 10/23/13)

JUST DAYS AGO, OBAMA AND HIS ALLIES WERE CLAIMING OBAMACARE WAS “SETTLED” AND “HERE TO STAY”

President Obama: “It Passed The House Of Representatives.  It Passed The Senate.  The Supreme Court Ruled It Constitutional … It's The Law Of The Land.  It's Here To Stay.” BARACK OBAMA: “It's not as if Republicans haven't had a chance to debate the health care law.  It passed the House of Representatives.  It passed the Senate.  The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional -- you remember all this.  Last November, voters rejected the presidential candidate that ran on a platform to repeal it.  (Applause.)  So the Affordable Care Act has gone through every single democratic process, all three branches of government.  It's the law of the land.  It's here to stay.” (President Obama, Remarks, The White House, Rockville, MD, 10/3/13)

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President Obama: “It Is Settled, And It Is Here To Stay.”  BARACK OBAMA: “The Affordable Care Act is a law that passed the House; it passed the Senate.  The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional.  It was a central issue in last year’s election.  It is settled, and it is here to stay.” (President Obama, Remarks, The White House, Washington, DC, 10/1/13)

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Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV): “‘ObamaCare’ Is The Law Of The Land, It Has Been For Four Years … Why Don't They Get A Life And Figure Out Something Else They'd Like To Mess With?” HARRY REID: “Remember, ‘ObamaCare’ is the law of the land, it has been for four years and it's been declared constitutional by the United States Supreme Court. So why don't they get a life and figure out something else they'd like to mess with?” (Senator Harry Reid, Remarks, Press Conference, Washington, DC, 10/1/13)

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Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: “The Affordable Care Act Was Passed By Both Houses Of Congress … Upheld By The Supreme Court Of The United States. … So Let's Move On. Let's Move Forward.” KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: “As the president has said, he was re-elected. The Affordable Care Act was passed by both houses of Congress, signed into law by the president, a year ago upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States. And then he was re-elected. And this, as you know, Andrea, was a big topic of conversation during the election. So let's move on. Let's move forward.” (MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” 10/1/13)

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “The American People Decided To Reelect President Obama Last Year  … Congress Passed It … The Supreme Court Upheld It…” JAY CARNEY: “The fact that the American people decided to reelect President Obama last year, when his opponent ran very strongly against the Affordable Care Act, I think reaffirms and validates the fact that Congress passed it, the fact that the Supreme Court upheld it and the fact that today, despite everything that's happening on Capitol Hill, Americans across the country have the opportunity to enroll and get access to affordable health insurance that they've never had before.” (CNN’s “New Day,” 10/1/13)

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