On Tuesday the regime announced the delay in implementing Obamacare until 2015. But only for businesses; Individuals will still be responsible for complying with that pig’s breakfast of a law, come 2014.
The employer mandate requires businesses with more than 50 employees to either provide employees with “a minimum standard of affordable healthcare insurance” or face a stiff, financial penalty. On Tuesday, the administration, previously deaf to all objections, claimed that they were “listening” to the complaints of business owners on the issue of complying with paperwork hassles. According to Time magazine, a “senior Administration official” was quoted as saying: “We have been in a dialogue with businesses and we think we can simplify the new reporting — we want to give businesses who want to provide health insurance the time to get this right … Just like our effort to turn the 21-page application for health insurance into a three-page application, we are working hard to adapt and to be flexible in employer and insurer reporting as we implement the law.”
The U.K. Mail Online, however, quoted a different source and a very different motive for the delay:
“…(a) Treasury source said the extra year will give the White House an extra year to persuade health insurers to participate in the exchanges that make up the backbone of the Affordable Care Act. The revised timetable, the source added, will also push back the final implementation of Obamacare’s penalties past the 2014 midterm elections, providing Republicans fewer chances to highlight the law’s potentially harmful effects on businesses’ bottom lines.
Panic-stricken, political rabbits on the Right side of the aisle are wringing their hands over the announcement. They are afraid that the delay in implementing Obamacare may cost them election success in 2014. Clearly, the Left is banking on that. This ploy is designed to distract attention from the most scandal-ridden, political party in the nation’s history. After all, Democrats have ample evidence that the constituency’s attention span barely runs the length of a Super Bowl commercial. They are wagering that, by putting the punishment off for a year, the teeth of the GOP’s argument against Obamacare will be drawn. But, delayed or not, the gorilla just isn’t roaring at the moment; it hasn’t gone away.