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House GOP Push For ‘Individual Mandate’ Delay

From an outraged New York Times:

Seeing Opening, House G.O.P. Pushes Delay on Individual Mandate in Health Law

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ROBERT PEAR | July 9, 2013

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders on Tuesday seized on the Obama administration’s one-year delay of a mandate for larger employers to offer health insurance or face penalties, demanding the same postponement for the mandate on individual insurance purchases and promising a series of showdowns aimed at dividing Democrats from the White House.

After more than two years of voting repeatedly and unsuccessfully to repeal the health care law, Republicans believe they are getting traction thanks to what they see as the Obama administration’s self-inflicted wound over the employer mandate.

Gosh, those House Republicans are venal. At least according to our one party news media, they never act in the best interest of the country or their constituents. They are always just trying to exploit situations for their own political power.

House leaders began devising strategies that would most likely start this month with multiple votes, the first to codify the one-year delay on the employer mandate, then another to demand a delay on the individual mandate…

“Is it fair for the president of the United States to give American businesses an exemption from his health care law’s mandates without giving the same exemption to the rest of America? Hell no, it’s not fair,” Speaker John A. Boehner told a closed-door gathering of House Republicans on Tuesday, according to those present.

It’s also probably unconstitutional, since we are supposed to have equal protection under the law. But this really throws a monkey wrench into Obama’s midterm elections strategy.

How can Obama run against the House Republicans when they are out their championing the little guy and portraying him as helping big business?

Some Democrats were also dismayed by the White House’s actions. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and an author of the health law, questioned whether Mr. Obama had the authority to unilaterally delay the employer mandate. “This was the law. How can they change the law?” he asked

Representative Sander M. Levin of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said such criticism was absurd. The Republican position on many issues is to “hug big business while leaving the American people out in the cold,” he said…

Tom Harkin actually claims to have helped write Obama-Care. And Sander Levin was another major Obama-Care proponent. So even top pro-Obama-Care advocates are starting to back away from it.

Meanwhile, the Republicans are being true to their word. From the Politico:

House to vote on Obamacare delay

By JAKE SHERMAN | July 9, 2013

The House will vote to delay a key part of Obamacare, Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday. A vote would most likely target the provision that requires individuals have health insurance, GOP sources say.

The GOP’s message is that President Barack Obama is choosing big business over ordinary Americans after the White House postponed a provision that requires employers provide health insurance for their workers.

“I think what the president did is outrageous,” Boehner said Tuesday morning. “The idea that we’re going to give big businesses a break under Obamacare, but we’re going to punish small businesses and families? It’s wrong, and we’ll have another vote. Count on it.”

The nerve of Congress, thinking they can amend their own laws.

That bill would be akin to gutting the health care law, and is likely to be a non-starter in the Democratic Senate or with President Barack Obama.

Note this editorializing from the Politico. How is the individual mandate any more key than the employer mandate? In fact, the employer ‘penalty’ was where Obama-Care was supposed to get most of its funding.

Moreover, the Republicans are just reflecting the will of the people. From the Daily Caller:

Poll: Americans want individual mandate delay too

By Sarah Hurtubise | July 9, 2013

A new survey indicates that only 12 percent of consumers believe Obama-care’s individual mandate should be enacted in 2014, according to HealthPocket, a health care reporting company.

Conducted in response to last week’s news that the Obama administration will not enforce the employer mandate until 2015, the survey also found that a full 41 percent believe that if requirements are waived for employers, they should be waived for individuals as well. Forty-seven percent of respondents are not certain…

So the New York Times’ article to the contrary, the House GOP are not just playing politics. They are actually listening to the will of the people.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “House GOP Push For ‘Individual Mandate’ Delay”

  1. Petronius

    I must have dozed off.

    When was the Constitution amended to give the president authority to modify the laws of Congress?

    And whatever happened to “our commitment to the rule of law” that Nerobama is always hectoring us about?

    The idea here seems to be that, since corporations are not people, he can give breaks to corporations that he doesn’t give to people.

    What was it Orwell said about doublethink? Something about the power to hold two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously and accepting both of them?

    By the way, when a country drops into the final downward chute, it does no good to take continually from the few remaining healthy sectors of society in vain attempts to shore up the sick parts. (Petronius’ third principle of redistributionism.)

  2. Delay? DELAY???

    Kill the damn thing or it will kill the nation.

  3. Forty-seven percent of respondents are not certain…
    In this one sentence fragment, we are treated to the simple answer to “What’s wrong with America?”. 47% of people who bother to respond to polls (or vote) have absolutely no idea what is really going on. They’re too busy worrying about who wins American Idol or whether teen vampires should be having unprotected sex with teen werewolves. FREE CONDOMS FOR THE UNDEAD!

    Didn’t Romney say something about 47%??? What was it again?




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