Simon Lazarus is Senior Counsel to the Constitutional Accountability Center. Before joining CAC, Si was Public Policy Counsel to the National Senior Citizen Law Center. He also has written extensively about the Affordable Care Act, and testified about it before Congress.
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Simon Lazarus, senior counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, which promotes "the progressive promise" of the Constitution, rejected Republicans' criticisms. "The various critiques being vetted here of the Affordable Care Act and other Obama administrative initiatives reflect political and policy-driven criticisms routine in a democratic polity, especially one as polarized as we are today," said Lazarus, a veteran of President Jimmy Carter's White House domestic policy staff. "Attempts to wrap those arguments in the Constitution just thicken the political fog. They deserve no attention from people who are seriously interested in evaluating competing policy and political claims, or in facilitating rather than obstructing resolution of those differences."
Article II of the U.S. Constitution calls on the president to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Simon Lazarus, Senior Counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, says that's exactly what President Obama is doing by modifying the ACA so that the law can be successfully implemented. Lazarus also testified before the committee. "I have to say that hyperventilating about how extraordinary and unprecedented and unconstitutional these delays are is just that, it's hyperventilation and it’s contrary to obvious historical fact," Lazarus said.
Taking the other side of the issue at the Judiciary Committee hearing, Simon Lazarus, senior counsel to the Constitutional Accountability Center, called the alleged problems with the Affordable Care Act implementation and Obama's actions, "hyperventilating and contrary to historical fact." Exercising presidential judgment when executing laws is precisely what the Constitution requires, Lazarus said, and delays in implementing the health care law do not constitute a refusal to do so.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said the hearing equates to “rhetorical make-weights,” borrowing from the testimony of Simon Lazarus, the senior counsel to the Constitutional Accountability Center. “To suggest that the reasons why this body may be on the verge of some basis of irrelevancy, which I take issue with, is because under the present House leadership we’ve passed no legislation for the president to be able to implement in the first place,” Jackson Lee said. She cited immigration reform, the budget, and sequester cuts among the issues Congress has failed to deal with.