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Dems Now Pretending To Oppose Employer Mandate

From the Politico:

Why liberals are abandoning the Obamacare employer mandate

By PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM and KYLE CHENEY | 7/6/14

Robert Gibbs’ prediction that Obamacare’s employer mandate would — and perhaps should — be jettisoned shocked Democrats back in April.

By July, the former aide and longtime confidant of President Barack Obama had a lot more company. More and more liberal activists and policy experts who help shape Democratic thinking on health care have concluded that penalizing businesses if they don’t offer health insurance is an unnecessary element of the Affordable Care Act that may do more harm than good…

That is what they are saying now. In the run up to the midterms. When they need donation from businesses to fund their campaign. And while they know that Obama-Care is already hated by the voters.

Leading Democrats in Congress aren’t bolting from the employer mandate, at least not before the November election. But the White House has delayed it twice in the past year, dubbed it “not critical” and said it will be phased in more slowly when its begins next year… Democrats remain committed to the individual mandate — the core of the coverage expansion through the new Obamacare markets…

And never mind that we still don’t know whether there has been any actual expansion of insurance coverage. Since we still have not been told how many of the signups for Obama-Care were people who didn’t have insurance.

“We just have a situation where everybody’s stuck. Everybody’s afraid of the election,” said Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University. A prominent supporter of the health law, Jost has outlined several replacement ideas to help insure low-income workers…

But the shift among liberal policy experts and advocates has been rapid. A stream of studies and statements have deemed the mandate only moderately useful for getting more people covered under Obamacare. And they too have come to see it as clumsy, a regulatory and financial burden that creates as many problems as it solves…

In other words, Democrats realize it is going to hurt their donations and their election chances. So they are pretending they will get rid of it.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, July 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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