Line-Item Veto


130708-obamacare-line-item-cartoon-Ben Sasse is the president of the Cornhusker Kickback state’s Midland University, and The Weekly Standard’s hope for the U.S. Senate. When President Obama deleted the employer mandate from the Affordable Care Act for one year Sasse said, “The president has just given himself the line-item veto, well after he had signed the bill into law.”  … “Apparently Obamacare is a living, breathing document designed to grow and change with the desires of the president.”

The president, who insists he is not a king, later ruled to retain the individual mandate on the honor system.

Update: Actually, Justice John Paul Stevens says you don’t have a line item veto. From Michael McConnell in the WSJ:

“There is no provision in the Constitution that authorizes the president to enact, to amend, or to repeal statutes.”

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