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Obamacare: The Political Art of the Delay

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By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
07/03/2013

The bombshell that dropped last night is not 4th of July fireworks — it was the White House announcing that it was delaying enforcement of the employer-mandate in Obamacare until 2015. For a public inured to raven political decisions trumping policy, even this was a stunner.
Can the president simply ignore the law? Technically the mandate is not gone, but the administration has great latitude to determine its priorities in enforcing the law. It will simply be much too busy to penalize those violating the mandate, an executive power grab that is familiar from their playbook on education, climate change, and elsewhere.
The policy implications are fairly straightforward. Essentially for calendar 2014 the act of dropping coverage and dumping employees into the exchanges is on sale. Drop and dump, but no penalty. Accelerating the rush of employers to the exits is bad news for taxpayers. At a minimum, the federal revenue from fines is gone. More realistically, the costs of already-bloated insurance subsidies will escalate and the red ink will rise.

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The Political Art of the Delay | National Review Online

Of course Americans are still waiting to see what's in the first one thousand plus pages. What most informed Americans have found is not palatable to them.
Why should American citizens pay for the health care of Illegal Aliens here in the US?
 

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This was done to "ease the pain" of all of those demorats that supported passing the PPACA into law which are now up for re-election in 2014. It is truely amazing that one of the crown jewels of Obamacare, the employer mandates, are seen as optional when politics dictates that they must "temporarily" be delayed. Obama knows that headlines of Obamacare causes layoffs, reductions in work hours, will not play well in the upcomming elections. 4 years of lead time was not enough time to "set policies in place" but, we are assured, that 5 years is. ;)

Since Obama is quite willing to pick and choose which parts of a "comprehensive" health care reform that he will enforce, does that not raise concerns about how he wil treat the politically "painful" parts of a "comprehensive" immigration reform package?
 

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This was done to "ease the pain" of all of those demorats that supported passing the PPACA into law which are now up for re-election in 2014. It is truely amazing that one of the crown jewels of Obamacare, the employer mandates, are seen as optional when politics dictates that they must "temporarily" be delayed. Obama knows that headlines of Obamacare causes layoffs, reductions in work hours, will not play well in the upcomming elections. 4 years of lead time was not enough time to "set policies in place" but, we are assured, that 5 years is. ;)

Since Obama is quite willing to pick and choose which parts of a "comprehensive" health care reform that he will enforce, does that not raise concerns about how he wil treat the politically "painful" parts of a "comprehensive" immigration reform package?

Could it also be because it's an election year? With the kerfuffle of implementation it could mean that Democrats on a whole would lose many elections thus giving Republicans a full majority. Remember middleclass Americans are not too happy about Obama-Care.
 

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Could it also be because it's an election year? With the kerfuffle of implementation it could mean that Democrats on a whole would lose many elections thus giving Republicans a full majority. Remember middleclass Americans are not too happy about Obama-Care.

That's what he was saying...
 

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This was done to "ease the pain" of all of those demorats that supported passing the PPACA into law which are now up for re-election in 2014. It is truely amazing that one of the crown jewels of Obamacare, the employer mandates, are seen as optional when politics dictates that they must "temporarily" be delayed. Obama knows that headlines of Obamacare causes layoffs, reductions in work hours, will not play well in the upcomming elections. 4 years of lead time was not enough time to "set policies in place" but, we are assured, that 5 years is. ;)

Since Obama is quite willing to pick and choose which parts of a "comprehensive" health care reform that he will enforce, does that not raise concerns about how he wil treat the politically "painful" parts of a "comprehensive" immigration reform package?

Oh no,not at all!! I mean,he would NEVER do anything for political benefit. Obma is a thoughtful centrist.
 
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