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.