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Obama Delayed New Regs Until After Elections

From the Washington Post:

White House delayed enacting rules ahead of 2012 election to avoid controversy

By Juliet Eilperin | December 14, 2013

The White House systematically delayed enacting a series of rules on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election, according to documents and interviews with current and former administration officials.

Some agency officials were instructed to hold off submitting proposals to the White House for up to a year to ensure that they would not be issued before voters went to the polls, the current and former officials said.

Now they tell us. Of course the Washington Post put this out on a Saturday morning in the run up to Christmas. But who believes this wasn’t known by the news media before the election?

The delays meant that rules were postponed or never issued. The stalled regulations included crucial elements of the Affordable Care Act, what bodies of water deserved federal protection, pollution controls for industrial boilers and limits on dangerous silica exposure in the workplace.

So lives were put at risk (at least in the minds of the left), so the Democrats could get re-elected. Where is the outrage?

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that any delays until after the election were coincidental and that such decisions were made without regard to politics. But seven current and former administration officials told The Washington Post that the motives behind many of the delays were clearly political, as Obama’s top aides focused on avoiding controversy before his reelection…

The White House lied? What a shock.

“As we entered the run-up to the election, the word went out the White House was not anxious to review new rules,” the former official said… Several significant EPA proposals were withheld as a result of those meetings, officials said…

Other EPA regulations that were delayed beyond the 2012 election included rules on coal ash disposal, water pollution rules for streams and wetlands, air emissions from industrial boilers and cement kilns, and carbon dioxide limits for existing power plants…

That is to say, things that might have gotten people riled up about this administration’s overreach. But things they will do as soon as the elections are over.

The administration also was slow to handle rules pertaining to its health-care law. Several key regulations did not come out until after the 2012 election, including one defining what constitutes “essential health benefits” under a health plan and which Americans could qualify for federal subsidies if they opted to enroll in a state or a federal marketplace plan.

The latter focused on what constitutes “affordable.” Treasury proposed a regulation in August 2011 saying an employer plan was affordable as long as the premium for an individual was no more than 9.5 percent of the taxpayer’s household income. Several groups — including labor unions — argued that the proposal did not take into account that the premium for a family plan might be much higher than that standard.

Unions represent a vital part of the Democratic coalition, in part because they help mobilize voters during elections…

In other words, the White House was justified in announcing these regulations, because otherwise the unions would have figured out they might have to pay more for their Obama-Care premiums. And the Democrats need the unions to "mobilize voters."

Welcome to the third world. Welcome to Banana Republic, USA.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, December 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Delayed New Regs Until After Elections”

  1. Because F and U, that’s why




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