According to NBC News – not Fox, not Breitbart, not The Blaze – but NBC News, President Obama and senior members of his administration misled the American people about being able to keep their existing health care coverage once Obamacare took effect.
It turns out that as early as 2010 the White House knew that “more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.” That did not stop the president saying as recently as 2012 that, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.” Nevertheless, 50 to 75 percent of Americans who now have individual policies that they were promised they’d be able to keep can expect to get cancellation notices (if they haven’t already).
Of course, the administration would never resort to that sort of bait-and-switch tactic just to get their cherished illegal alien amnesty bill through Congress, would they? It’s not as though this administration would ever engage in a little deception to make their deportation numbers appear more robust than they really are. It’s not like the president would ever deny that he lacks the constitutional authority to grant administrative amnesty to entire classes of illegal aliens, and then turn around and do precisely that.
The message to House Republicans could not be clearer: The administration can and will deceive, mislead, arbitrarily and unilaterally change, and outright ignore any or all of the enforcement provisions of an immigration bill you send to the president’s desk. They will grant waivers or write rules to include anyone they want to include under the amnesty provisions, no matter what eligibility criteria Congress sets.
Given this administration’s track record, there is only one obvious conclusion that can be drawn: Do not send the president an immigration bill to sign.