Expert testifies to Congress: Obama ‘wantonly’ ignoring laws could lead to overthrow of government

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A health expert testifying before the House Judiciary Committee said the consequences of President Obama waiving, suspending, and amending major provisions of the Affordable Care Act could lead to an armed revolt against the federal government.

“If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws then they will conclude that neither are they,” said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute.

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Speaking at a hearing called to review the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency, Cannon said the precedent set by Obama could eventually lead to such grave consequences.

“That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do,” Cannon told the committee, “to wantonly ignore the laws, to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.”

“There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restrains that the constitution places on the government,” said Cannon. “Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it.”

Cannon testified that he has worked for the GOP, but is not a Republican “for reasons that Democrats on this committee can readily appreciate.”

“I am acutely aware of the last Republican president’s failures to execute the laws faithfully,” he added. “In 2008, though I did not support him, I preferred the Democratic presidential candidate to the Republican candidate in part because he promised to curb such abuses by the executive.”

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