Obamacare Political Survival: Plan Delay-Spin-Repeat

by Datechguy | February 10th, 2014

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Obamacare Political Survival: Plan Delay-Spin-Repeat

There is noth­ing that speaks of the administration’s con­fi­dence in their sig­na­ture achieve­ment like this:

The Obama admin­is­tra­tion announced Mon­day it would give medium-​sized employ­ers an extra year, until 2016, before they must offer health insur­ance to their full-​time workers.

Firms with at least 100 employ­ees will have to start offer­ing this cov­er­age in 2015.

Can’t blame this one on a faulty web site can we, yet the left’s Twit­ter spin has already begun

Yeah who needs to pass laws to change things like Ted Cruz wanted when you can change them by fiat. What do those repub­li­cans think the US is? A Repub­lic or something?

For a party so proud of Oba­macare they sure aren’t anx­ious to have it in place maybe Democ­rats can draft rules that delay enforce­ment auto­mat­i­cally when­ever an elec­tion is near until every demo­c­rat who voted for it in 2010 has either retired or died.

Update: and here comes the Schadenfreude

National Review

The Wash­ing­ton Post explains the obvi­ous: “By offer­ing an unex­pected grace period to busi­nesses with between 50 and 99 employ­ees, admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials are hop­ing to defuse another poten­tial con­tro­versy involv­ing the 2010 health-​care law, which has become cen­tral to Repub­li­cans’ cam­paign to make polit­i­cal gains in this year’s midterm election.”

Hotair:

Three: This should be it for immi­gra­tion reform. If Obama’s answer to Boehner’s “we don’t trust you” charge is to dou­ble down on one of his most egre­gious exec­u­tive power grabs, there’s no way Repub­li­cans will trust him on bor­der secu­rity now. And of course O knows it, which makes me think he’s already decided to com­pound this ille­gal action with some sort of uni­lat­eral mass amnesty by exec­u­tive order later this year or next. There’s no going back.

Ed Driscoll:

The Law is What­ever Barry Says It Is

Expect more updates

Update 2: Wash­ing­ton Free Beacon:

The Demo­c­ra­tic Party declared that “Oba­macare is work­ing” on Mon­day min­utes after the White House announced that it would delay the law’s indi­vid­ual man­date for mil­lions of businesses.

That’s why the delay, it’s work­ing so hard it needs a year off.

the NRCC is hav­ing fun:

In another stun­ning admis­sion of fail­ure, The White House is delay­ing the employer man­date yet again for busi­nesses with under 100 employees.

In July 2013, The White House delayed it until 2015. This lat­est delay will last until 2016.

By post­pon­ing the law, not only are they admit­ting this law is still a spec­tac­u­lar fail­ure, they are also deny­ing basic fair­ness to fam­i­lies across the coun­try. Twice now, busi­nesses have got­ten out of the law’s oner­ous reg­u­la­tions, while fam­i­lies still have to suffer.

Spin at Lib­eral Val­ues:

Unem­ploy­ment is a seri­ous prob­lem but the attempts to tie it to the Afford­able Care Act do not hold up. In addi­tion to the infor­ma­tion released by the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Office, the argu­ment that employ­ers are not hir­ing due to the man­date to pro­vide insur­ance cov­er­age also fails to hold up. The argu­ment fails to take into account the sub­si­dies which will help employ­ers pro­vide the cov­er­age, along with the fact that the employer man­date had not been sched­uled to start until 2015. The White House has today announced a fur­ther delay in the employer man­date until 2016 for employ­ers with 50 to 99 employ­ees. (The man­date does not affect employ­ers with under 50 employees).

Is it just me or does that last sen­tence not go with the rest of the piece? Did the announce­ment come mid sen­tence so he was obliged to men­tion it?

As Usual Jim Hoft gets down to busi­ness:

Isn’t it about time to scrap this disaster?

Update 3: The Daily Caller:

When Trea­sury made their ini­tial July deci­sion to halt enforce­ment of the rule until Jan­u­ary 2015, rep­re­sen­ta­tives claimed that offi­cials needed more time to develop report­ing mea­sures to make enforce­ment of the indi­vid­ual man­date possible.

Repub­li­cans have already begun denounc­ing the newest delay. Speaker of the House John Boehner slammed the pres­i­dent for “rewrit­ing law on a whim” and “giv­ing a break to cor­po­ra­tions while indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies are stuck under the man­dates of his health care law.”

Given Boehner’s prob­lems these days, this is like a gift from on high

The Daily Kos Cries hyp­ocrite:

Just a reminder when the Repub­li­cans start scream­ing about the admin­is­tra­tion willy-​nilly chang­ing this law — the employer man­date was one of the things they were try­ing to get rid of entirely in their gov­ern­ment shut­down fight. Repub­li­cans hate it. They think it shouldn’t exist. They’ll very soon be gnash­ing their teeth and rend­ing their gar­ments over this delay. It’s what they do.

I’m not, I’m laugh­ing like hell at you.

As it’s a blog full of lawyers Pow­er­line isn’t laugh­ing but they are dream­ing of the new age of com­mand to come:

The Obama administration’s rewrit­ing of leg­is­la­tion at will raises many pos­si­bil­i­ties for the future. Within five min­utes I got tweets con­tain­ing the fol­low­ing suggestions:

* Pres­i­dent Rick Perry, in order to con­tinue the explo­sive eco­nomic growth of his first term, sus­pends EPA enforce­ment of elec­tric­ity plants.

* “In order to extend compliance-​time and allow busi­nesses to adjust, la la la, we’re sus­pend­ing cor­po­ra­tion taxes until the next election.”

* Or use EO/​prosecutorial dis­cre­tion to cap all taxes at 10%. IRS sim­ply won’t col­lect or enforce an amount over that.

When you start ignor­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion, you open up all kinds of possibilities.

And think of how fast we can defund planned par­ent­hood & acorn!

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There is nothing that speaks of the administration’s confidence in their signature achievement like this:

The Obama administration announced Monday it would give medium-sized employers an extra year, until 2016, before they must offer health insurance to their full-time workers.

Firms with at least 100 employees will have to start offering this coverage in 2015.

Can’t blame this one on a faulty web site can we, yet the left’s Twitter spin has already begun

Yeah who needs to pass laws to change things like Ted Cruz wanted when you can change them by fiat. What do those republicans think the US is? A Republic or something?

For a party so proud of Obamacare they sure aren’t anxious to have it in place maybe Democrats can draft rules that delay enforcement automatically whenever an election is near until every democrat who voted for it in 2010 has either retired or died.

Update: and here comes the Schadenfreude

National Review

The Washington Post explains the obvious: “By offering an unexpected grace period to businesses with between 50 and 99 employees, administration officials are hoping to defuse another potential controversy involving the 2010 health-care law, which has become central to Republicans’ campaign to make political gains in this year’s midterm election.”

Hotair:

Three: This should be it for immigration reform. If Obama’s answer to Boehner’s “we don’t trust you” charge is to double down on one of his most egregious executive power grabs, there’s no way Republicans will trust him on border security now. And of course O knows it, which makes me think he’s already decided to compound this illegal action with some sort of unilateral mass amnesty by executive order later this year or next. There’s no going back.

Ed Driscoll:

The Law is Whatever Barry Says It Is

Expect more updates

Update 2: Washington Free Beacon:

The Democratic Party declared that “Obamacare is working” on Monday minutes after the White House announced that it would delay the law’s individual mandate for millions of businesses.

That’s why the delay, it’s working so hard it needs a year off.

the NRCC is having fun:

In another stunning admission of failure, The White House is delaying the employer mandate yet again for businesses with under 100 employees.

In July 2013, The White House delayed it until 2015. This latest delay will last until 2016.

By postponing the law, not only are they admitting this law is still a spectacular failure, they are also denying basic fairness to families across the country. Twice now, businesses have gotten out of the law’s onerous regulations, while families still have to suffer.

Spin at Liberal Values:

Unemployment is a serious problem but the attempts to tie it to the Affordable Care Act do not hold up. In addition to the information released by the Congressional Budget Office, the argument that employers are not hiring due to the mandate to provide insurance coverage also fails to hold up. The argument fails to take into account the subsidies which will help employers provide the coverage, along with the fact that the employer mandate had not been scheduled to start until 2015. The White House has today announced a further delay in the employer mandate until 2016 for employers with 50 to 99 employees. (The mandate does not affect employers with under 50 employees).

Is it just me or does that last sentence not go with the rest of the piece? Did the announcement come mid sentence so he was obliged to mention it?

As Usual Jim Hoft gets down to business:

Isn’t it about time to scrap this disaster?

Update 3: The Daily Caller:

When Treasury made their initial July decision to halt enforcement of the rule until January 2015, representatives claimed that officials needed more time to develop reporting measures to make enforcement of the individual mandate possible.

Republicans have already begun denouncing the newest delay. Speaker of the House John Boehner slammed the president for “rewriting law on a whim” and “giving a break to corporations while individuals and families are stuck under the mandates of his health care law.”

Given Boehner’s problems these days, this is like a gift from on high

The Daily Kos Cries hypocrite:

Just a reminder when the Republicans start screaming about the administration willy-nilly changing this law—the employer mandate was one of the things they were trying to get rid of entirely in their government shutdown fight. Republicans hate it. They think it shouldn’t exist. They’ll very soon be gnashing their teeth and rending their garments over this delay. It’s what they do.

I’m not, I’m laughing like hell at you.

As it’s a blog full of lawyers Powerline isn’t laughing but they are dreaming of the new age of command to come:

The Obama administration’s rewriting of legislation at will raises many possibilities for the future. Within five minutes I got tweets containing the following suggestions:

* President Rick Perry, in order to continue the explosive economic growth of his first term, suspends EPA enforcement of electricity plants.

* “In order to extend compliance-time and allow businesses to adjust, la la la, we’re suspending corporation taxes until the next election.”

* Or use EO/prosecutorial discretion to cap all taxes at 10%. IRS simply won’t collect or enforce an amount over that.

When you start ignoring the Constitution, you open up all kinds of possibilities.

And think of how fast we can defund planned parenthood & acorn!

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