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    Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    I ask this question because Mitt Romney and other Republican presidential hopefuls have been going around on the campaign trail declaring that they will repeal "ObamaCare" the first day they're in office. But is a repeal or veto of a setting law a presidential enumerated power under the Constitution?

    I think most people would agree, the answer is "NO". Still, I'd like to hear what the readers think.
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    Re: Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    No, they cannot simply repeal it just because they are president. It's too late to veto something that has already been passed into law. They would have to get Congress to introduce legislation to repeal it or change it in some way.

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    Re: Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    And yet so many Republicans are listening to these GOP candidates make such a bogus promise just because they don't like the health care reform law. Yet, these are the same people (some anyway) who try to make President Obama out to be a president who has broken more campaign promises than he's kept OR than he has (or will) violate the Constitution when they all know he is a Constitutional scholar!

    It's absurb what some of these GOP candidates are saying out there, but people are buying the BS!

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    Re: Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    I ask this question because Mitt Romney and other Republican presidential hopefuls have been going around on the campaign trail declaring that they will repeal "ObamaCare" the first day they're in office. But is a repeal or veto of a setting law a presidential enumerated power under the Constitution?

    I think most people would agree, the answer is "NO". Still, I'd like to hear what the readers think.
    I should have read your post before I voted. I voted, "Yes, he can." My yes answer is based on the fact that he can rescind (or issue) an Executive Order at will. Re Obamacare, no, he can't act on his own. He should be saying, "I will work to repeal...." Although one wonders, with the broad powers of Executive Orders, whether or not he could issue an Executive Order that could virtually hamstring Obamacare's implementation...
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    Re: Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    It would be funny to watch him try.

    There are so many people benefiting from the law already, with the pre-existing conditions thing taken care of. And many who have no coverage will soon get it. How many people are there who will be mandated to buy coverage (or get it for free) who don't actually want it? Not many, probably.
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    Re: Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    The Obama administration has already indicated that as the executive branch, they are allowed to selectively enforce existing laws.

    With that precedent set, the next administration can choose to not enforce the changes in the bill.

    I voted yes because of that reasoning. However, if you want to be Oxford about it, no, the executive branch can't veto/repeal an already signed bill.

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    Re: Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    The Obama administration has already indicated that as the executive branch, they are allowed to selectively enforce existing laws.
    Example please.
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    Re: Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Example please.
    Federal marijuana laws...California.
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    Re: Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    I say no.He can try to pressure that a bill repealing Obama-care be created so he can sign it. Can he he use a presidential executive order to temporally stop Obama-care? Regardless if he can or can't I do not see him actually doing anything to repeal Obama-care,after all Obama-care is based on Romney-care.
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    Re: Can the President veto or repeal a law?

    Because your poll is poorly worded, I decline to answer it.

    1. The President cannot repeal or veto a law that is already on the books.

    2. Congress cannot veto any law that is already on the books.

    In respect to this issue:

    The President can propose that Congress enact legislation that will remove Obamacare (or parts of it) from the books. The President can then pass or veto such legislation.

    Congress can enact legislation, whether the President proposes it or not, that will remove Obamacare (or parts of it) from the books. The President can then pass or veto such legislation.

    Objective Voice, try to be a bit more precise in the future, eh?
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