GOP'ers immediately responded that this is an election-year ploy. According to Fox News:
"...The administration had already given people a one-year reprieve after millions had their health plans canceled last year, despite President Obama's promises that people could keep their plans if they wanted. The so-called 'fix' was meant to ease the transition as well as the political headache for Democrats -- but the 'fix' and the latest extension, will have limited impact, since it is up to individual insurance companies and state commissioners whether to re-offer canceled policies..."
Never mind the Constitution. We're just worried about the votes, and the "agenda."
Mitch McConnell stepped up to the plate and called this new fix a "...desperate move to protect vulnerable Democrats in national elections later this year..."
And of course the Department of Health and Human Enslavement said it was "...simply trying to provide 'flexibility' while the entire law is being implemented..."
We've heard that term, "flexibility," before, also in reference to "after the election."
As Fox News tells it: "...The extension would be valid for policies issued up to Oct. 1, 2016..." Isn't that special?
This apparently is a triple whammy, as it accomplishes three things:
1. It throws at least some water on the ever-burning conflagration of canceled insurance plans, that are consuming major quantities of political oxygen that the Democrats desperatgely need in an election year.
2. It trashes and burns the Constitution once again, bypassing Constitutional protocol.
3. It bypasses Congress and makes the Legislature ever more irrelevant.
These last two factors are now so common-place, there's not even a whimper of a reference to them by anyone in Congress. If we care to make this an issue, we are going to have to get extremely noisy, because, as we all know, no one can hear a silent majority.
Here's the full article as presented by Fox News and the AP.