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Transparency Evaporates as Obamacare Employer Mandate Pushed Again

Just when you thought President Obama was out of the woods on ACA he extends the employer mandate yet again.

Just when you thought President Obama was out of the woods on ACA he extends the employer mandate yet again.

Under new rules announced Monday by Treasury Department officials, employers with 50 to 99 workers will be given until 2016 — two years longer than originally envisioned under the Affordable Care Act — before they risk a federal penalty for not complying. [Washington Post]

THIS IS getting to be absurd. President Obama has once again delayed the health insurance mandate, pushing past the 2015 extension, moving it into 2016. Beyond the lack of transparency this tinkering causes, it also means the Democratic nominee in 2016 will be stuck in a debate about the mandate, health care an inevitable subject, even without the White House’s latest awkward maneuvering.

As if 2014 was difficult enough for Democrats, this news is just infuriating.

Ron Pollack, executive director of the consumer lobby Families USA and an ally of the administration, said he was “very surprised” by the new postponements. He contended that, because most large employers already offer insurance, the law’s requirements are not that burdensome. But Pollack added that for workers at large companies that do not provide coverage, “it’s very unfortunate . . . that they don’t have a guarantee it will be extended to them for quite some time.”

The handling of the health-care law was bad enough on the roll out, but President Obama and his administration have proved absolutely incompetent in managing the politics of Obamacare, ACA, whatever you want to call it. As a political issue, just when you thought President Obama was out of the woods after the failed roll out, he makes things worse.

What’s doubly unfortunate is that this move validates the Republican nonsense that they can’t trust Obama, so they don’t want to make a deal on immigration.

If Democrats lose the Senate it’s on President Obama. So in a very real way he’s targeting his own presidency.

Changing an unambiguous statutory mandate requires the approval of Congress, but then this President has often decided the law is whatever he says it is. His Administration’s cavalier notions about law enforcement are especially notable here for their bias for corporations over people. The White House has refused to suspend the individual insurance mandate, despite the harm caused to millions who are losing their previous coverage.

Liberals say the law isn’t harming jobs or economic growth, but everything this White House does screams the opposite.

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10 Responses to Transparency Evaporates as Obamacare Employer Mandate Pushed Again

  1. LiberalJoe February 11, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    For all the good that the ACA has accomplished it gets obliterated with all terrible optics and extensions,lousy rollout. moving deadlines, and Republican Governors/legislatures obstruction.

    Yes there are some wonderful success stories such as in Kentucky, but for me, had we had a strong public option or single payer much of this goes away and the ACA is that much more successful and brings us closer universal healthcare while driving down the costs

    This is what you get when you cater to the private sector and leave it to political philosophy’s to implement or not implement. The Pres and Dems deserve the to be hammered for all the difficulties and for letting the Repubs and right wing control the narrative.

    • Taylor Marsh February 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

      This was really the cherry on top of a melted sundae.

  2. spincitysd February 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Some big money pressure group got to Obama again, it’s that simple.

    • Taylor Marsh February 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

      It’s the Morning Joe effect.

  3. spincitysd February 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    OK cynicism off my chest, there is a case if Team Obama cared enough to make it. Take a look at the exemption, companies of 50 to 99 employees. By anyone’s measure that is a small business. Now if Obama was smart he could have sounded out Harry Reid, Reid could then quietly appointed a Senator to make some noises about the hardships the ACA was imposing on Small business, Angus King or Susan Collins from Maine for some bi-partisan flavor. Then he could have done the adjustment, conceding to something he was already going to do, to help out the little guy, small business, which makes America great, yada, yada, yada.

    Oh, that was actually more cynicism wasn’t it?

    Best guess: a group of high powered boutique brokerages or investment firms, in alliance with some high powered law firms (or maybe just one law firm or boutique brokerage) who did not want to be troubled by the ACA had one of there members speed dial his good friend Barack to mention, in passing, there concerns about the law. Dotting his i’s and crossing his t’s Obama had his staffers check to see if other businesses of 50-99 might also have “issues” with the ACA, they did.

    Bottom line: this will be defended as a break for small business enacted by the president because Congress can’t get beyond voting to repeal the law.

  4. spincitysd February 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    I’m also wondering if the ACA is fighting the last war. It was a real barn-burner in 2010 but the public has has four years of strum and drang about ACA. The highwire hysterics may not pan out in the off year the way they did last time. The voters may be bone tired hearing about this.

    And 2016 Ms. Marsh? I’m afraid that dog won’t hunt, especially if the Republicans do take the Senate. With the Senate in hand and in the next two years the Republicans would so prove their unfitness to rule that the comeuppance will be too grim to contemplate. 2016 will look like 2006 on steroids if 2014 flips the Senate.

    But I don’t think the Senate will flip and by 2016 the ACA will be even less of an issue for the muddled middle than it is now. The big impact with big employers begins soon, and that will hash out by 2016. If there is any debate on the ACA that is where it will be employers with 100+ workers, because everybody will know what happened there.

  5. Lake Lady February 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Little rich wasn’t it …the WSJ worrying about the average citizen over the corporations?

    Of course this is what Libral Joe is talking about, letting the Repubs have the narrative. Really, Obama is the most frustrating Dem leader I can remember.

    I wonder if the idea of expanding medicare via a simple payer system was reintroduced as a thought how it would fair? I have had the conversation with conservative friends and they are open to it.

    • Taylor Marsh February 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Politicians are always behind the We the People Curve.

  6. PeggySue February 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Lake Lady said:

    “Really, Obama is the most frustrating Dem leader I can remember.”

    For me, that sums it up.

    Some of these decisions are incomprehensible. Health care or health insurance reform was always going to be difficult [though 70% of the public back in 2008 were crying for reform, the real kind]. But these self-inflicted stumbles and misses are truly agonizing to watch.

    Just more fodder for the howling opposition.

    I read this morning that the Arkansas legislature is threatening to defund their own state plan. We can’t have the sick and working poor becoming dependent on doctors or the medical establishment! No sir, we can’t have that. Get out those home remedies. They’ve worked for ages, they can work for ages more.

    The craziness seems positively contagious. And the Administration isn’t helping matters. This is what bipartisan dreaming gets you. Nowhere. Not to mention sucking corporate toes. Oy!

    • Taylor Marsh February 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

      This one was a whopper.

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