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Obama-Care For Business Pushed Past Mid-Terms

From an unquestioning Bloomberg News:

Health-Law Employer Mandate Delayed by U.S. Until 2015

By Mike Dorning & Alex Wayne | July 2, 2013

The Obama administration will delay a crucial provision of its signature health-care law, giving businesses an extra year to comply with a requirement that they provide their workers with insurance.

The government will postpone enforcement of the so-called employer mandate until 2015, after the congressional elections, the administration said yesterday.

Under the provision, companies with 50 or more workers face a fine of as much as $3,000 per employee if they don’t offer affordable insurance.

What is ‘so-called’ about the employer mandate? If they don’t do what Obama-Care demands, they have to pay a $3,000 fine per employee. That is a mandate.

It’s the latest setback for a health-care law that has met resistance from Republicans, who have sought to make the plan a symbol of government overreach.

You see? This is a "setback" for Obama. He is not delaying Obama-Care to help the Democrats in the midterms. In fact, it’s the evil obstreperous Republicans who are causing this delay.

Republican-controlled legislatures and governors in several states have refused funding to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor and declined to set up exchanges where individuals can buy insurance, leaving the job to the federal government.

You see? The evil Republicans are fighting poor Obama at every turn.

The delay in the employer mandate addresses complaints from business groups to President Barack Obama’s administration about the burden of the law’s reporting requirements…

You see? Obama is just listening to big business.

And never mind that it would be much easier for big business to comply to these confusing mandates than it will be for small business and even individuals, who don’t have access to lawyers and accountants.

Valerie Jarrett, a senior Obama adviser, said in a blog post announcing the move that the administration decided on the delay so officials could simplify reporting requirements and give employers a chance to adjust their health-care coverage…

And never mind that Obama-Care is a law duly enacted by Congress and signed by the President. Obama can just decide which laws to enforce and which to ignore. (An illegal practice that even the Supreme Court warned Obama about in the case of DOMA.)

The individual mandate, a linchpin of the law that requires most Americans to carry health insurance, remains in effect…

After all, most people get their health insurance through their employer. Only a small percentage get insurance through individual plans. They aren’t going to be able to fight back.

They don’t have lobbyists. They aren’t a voting bloc. So to hell with them.

Congressional elections will take place in November of next year, and the delay potentially shields Democratic candidates from a backlash generated by the additional regulations on employers…

It took Bloomberg 13 paragraphs to mention what is undoubtedly the real reason for this delay. And that one sentence is all they have to say about it.

The White House had been in discussions with business groups over complaints about the reporting requirements and believes it can simplify the process, two officials said.

“As we implement this law, we have and will continue to make changes as needed,” Jarrett said in her blog post. “In our ongoing discussions with businesses we have heard that you need the time to get this right.” …

Again, it’s all about doing the bidding of business. Which is all Obama has ever wanted to do: help business.

The officials said the decision stemmed from a commitment in the administration to reduce regulatory red tape and drew parallels to a move earlier this year to cut the length of application forms for insurance provided through government-sponsored exchanges to three pages from 21…

Hilarious. Obama has added an unprecedented amount of red tape to doing business in America with his unprecedented number of new regulations. And, lest we forget, the only reason they reduced the 21 page application for Obama-Care subsidies, was because the conservative news media has a field day with it.

Republican Opposition

Obama has confronted opposition from Republicans at every turn of the law, which passed Congress with only Democratic votes and was later challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Only 16 states have agreed to set up the new exchanges, or marketplaces to sell insurance to people who don’t get it at work. Twenty-four states have refused to expand Medicaid, as called for under the law, according to Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s secretary of health and human services.

Congressional Republicans, who have vowed to try to repeal the law, have refused Obama’s requests for about $1 billion more to help enact the statute and ensure it runs smoothly. Instead, they’ve started multiple investigations into the implementation.

Once again, Bloomberg seeks to put the blame for this delay on those awful Republicans.

Nor is this the first time Obama has been forced to scale back the law’s features. In March, the administration said small businesses wouldn’t be able to give their workers a choice of health plans in exchanges set up just for them. In January, a plan to create new nonprofit insurers in states was curtailed after Congress capped funding for the companies.

In reality Obama has never met a deadline. Ever. (Cf. Gitmo, budget submissions, etc.) But he’s very good at demanding that we poor citizens meet deadline after deadline. For instance, we won’t be able to delay paying the IRS the Obama-Care tax if we don’t have the money.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama-Care For Business Pushed Past Mid-Terms”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Yes, but it’s not a tax so it’s all good. Supreme Parser John Roberts said so.

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