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Bill Mangin, Published February 21 2012

Congress passed Obamacare without full knowledge of impact of mandates

The Feb. 18 letter from the young entrepreneur from Hillsboro, N.D., really depicts and puts the spotlight on all of the deficiencies of “Obamacare.” When that was passed by Congress in 2009, it left a lot of questions unanswered. It was rammed through Congress in a very unconventional and unconstitutional manner. Speaker Nancy Pelosi told us the voters, and also the members of Congress, that they had to pass it now in order to find out what was in it. She herself did not know what was in it.

We are now slowly finding out what it contains from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issuing mandates. I hope our president thinks he can hide behind the skirts of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and blame her because she is only doing the president’s dirty work.

What we are witnessing is in effect a dictatorship dictating what is going to be the fleshed-out Obamacare law of the land, one small piece at a time. It had to be done in 2009, for it never would have been able to pass in 2010 after the election. And if we had known and Congress had known how the details would be fleshed out, it never would have passed in the first place. It was all done under false pretenses.

A column in The Washington Post (a liberal newspaper) has this to say about the mandate: “The administration’s ultimate motivation is uncertain. Has it adopted a radical secularism out of conviction, or is it cynically appealing to radical secularists? In either case, the war on religion is now formally declared. Both radicalism and maliciousness are at work in Obama’s decision – an edict delivered with a sneer.”

That’s pretty good for The Washington Post, certainly not a conservative paper, but apparently one unafraid to print the truth.

Mangin lives in LaMoure, N.D.