Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, Dec. 2

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OBAMACARE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED


EDITORIAL BOARD
WALL STREET JOURNAL
If this miracle fix is real, the White House will open the ObamaCare black box to an independent audit, or maybe start by answering questions honestly… The mission accomplished pose is another attempt to power through a political deadline. Americans who have now discovered the Administration’s other false claims-you can keep your old plan and your doctor, and the new plans are better-can be forgiven for waiting to see the actual results.

NEXT YEAR STAY HOME, AMERICA
PEGGY NOONAN
WALL STREET JOURNAL

The rationale for the opening is that this year there are fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and since big retailers make a lot of their profits during that time something must be done. I suppose something should. But blowing up Thanksgiving isn’t it… People deserve a day off if what they do is nonessential. Selling a toy, a jacket, even a rose is nonessential… [Thanksgiving] is the day the Pilgrims invented to thank God to live in such a place as this, the day Abe Lincoln formally put aside as a national time of gratitude for the sheer fact of our continuance. It’s more important than anyone’s bottom line. That’s a hopelessly corny thing to say, isn’t it? Too bad. It’s true. Oh, I hope people didn’t go… I hope America stayed home.

OBAMACARE’S NEXT LEGAL CHALLENGE
SCOTT PRUITT
WALL STREET JOURNAL

While the president’s health law is vast and extraordinarily complex, it is in one respect very simple. Subsidies are only to be made available, and tax penalties for not signing up for health insurance are only to be assessed, in states that create their own health-care exchange. The IRS, however, is attempting to enforce tax penalties in all states, including Oklahoma and the majority of the other states that have declined to create their own exchanges… As much as we wish the government were run like a business, the administration cannot “improve” upon legislation passed by Congress by rolling out updates in the manner that Silicon Valley does. That’s not permitted under the Constitution: Congress passes laws, the president executes them. Period. That’s why Oklahoma and other states are fighting to stop the administration’s attempt to “fix” the health-care law through executive fiat.

BAD EATING HABITS START IN THE WOMB
KRISTIN WARTMAN
NEW YORK TIMES

The solution to one of America’s most vexing problems, our soaring rates of obesity and diet-related diseases, may have its roots in early childhood, and even in utero… Researchers believe that the taste preferences that develop at crucial periods in infancy have lasting effects for life. In fact, changing food preferences beyond toddlerhood appears to be extremely difficult… If we hope to reverse the tide on obesity and diet-related disease in America, regulating processed food products and infant formula, and creating clear warning labels to deter parents from feeding their children potentially harmful foods may be our best shot. Let’s make sure future generations have the best chance to become healthy adults.

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, Dec. 2

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