- May 22, 2012
- Reaction score
- Uhland, Texas
- Political Leaning
The Obama administration has decided to delay the implementation of Obamacare’s employer mandate—the requirement that all firms with 50 or more employees offer health coverage, or pay steep fines—until 2015. The mandate was supposed to go into effect on January 1, 2014. This development will have a significant impact on the rollout of Obamacare, the private health insurance market, and the nation’s economy, as I detail below.
Since when can the executive simply alter the terms of a law as passed by congress? To delay the implementation of a law (ignore enforcement) should not be simply an executive option. My take is that this unpopular portion of the PPACA law was found to have a huge negative impact on the 2014 elections, especially for those Democrats (the only ones that supported it) so Obama will simply ignore it prior to those elections.