Pelosi Pulls A Pinocchio About Obamacare Delay


The big news on ObamaCare these past two weeks has been the administration’s  announcement that it will delay by one year the requirement on businesses to  provide health insurance.

Nancy Pelosi, though, had a curious take on the whole thing. Actually, she  instructed reporters, “The mandate was not delayed.”

The House Democratic leader used some creative reasoning to make her case —  she claimed the administration really only delayed the requirement on businesses  to report insurance coverage details.

But The Washington Post fact-checker on Friday shut it  down,  effectively ruling that Pelosi is trying to “deny reality.”

“Yes, reporting requirements were delayed. But there also was a one-year  delay of the actual employer mandate. It’s right there in the announcement,” the  Post wrote.

‘The point is, is that the mandate was not delayed.’ – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Here’s what Pelosi said during a press conference on Thursday:

“The point is, is that the mandate was not delayed. Certain reporting by  businesses that could be perceived as onerous, that reporting requirement was  delayed, and partially to review how it would work and how it could be better.  It was not a delay of the mandate for the businesses.”

Pelosi was correct in the first part of that statement. In an announcement  last week on the Treasury Department blog, Mark J. Mazur. assistant secretary  for Tax Policy at Treasury, said the requirement to report details on insurance  coverage would be delayed by a year.

However, that decision meant everything else would be delayed too. Mazur said  the penalties on employers would be pushed off until 2015, meaning the  requirement itself would be pushed off — though the administration would still  “strongly encourage” employers to offer coverage during that time.

But, as the Post noted, “encouraging employers to provide health insurance is  not the same thing as mandating it.”

Pelosi tried to deny the existence of a delay as her Republican colleagues  use the announcement as an opening to attempt to stall other parts of the  law.

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