OK. Listening to the liberal spin on delaying the employer mandate on Obamacare has gotten to be comical. They have no idea as to what they are trying to say, what they want to say, or even what they mean to say.
Shortly after the delay was announced, liberal websites were all ablaze about how “brilliant” a political move it was. Here is just one example from Politicususa–
There are some absolute pearls of wisdom in this one.
“…Democrats no longer face the immediate specter of running against the fallout from a heavy regulatory imposition on employers across the land…”
You mean the fallout that the Democrats passed in 2010 along party lines making them the sole source of the fallout since not a single Republican voted for it. (Even the 34 Democrats who voted against it will have this thing hung around their neck like an albatross.) They think they are not going to face “the immediate specter”, but any Republican worth his salt should make the following a question that his Democratic opponent should answer in every race across the country.
“Was it or was it not the Democrats who created this heavy regulatory imposition in the first place?”
The answer is yes. The Democrats created this catastrophe and now they want more time to fix it. They had three years already and now they need a fourth. This delay is not about getting it right — it is about getting them re-elected.
Here’s the next pearl of political wisdom —
“…Explaining away the mandate was going to be a big political lift; having the White House airbrush it from the landscape is way better…”
The problem with this nonsense is that the mandate is still there. There has been a delay, not a repeal of the mandate. So, for the next year, we have confusion as businesses attempt to figure out the costs of the new mandate and how it will impact them.
Until then, a reasonable expectation is the vast majority of businesses will hold off on hiring new employees. So, unemployment will remain high (even with more than 9 million people who have already stopped looking for work since Obama has become president) at over 7%.
“…It helps with ObamaCare in other ways as well. The administration was flailing to find high-profile allies (e.g., the National Football League) to advertise the wonders of ObamaCare…”
The reason they cannot find high-profile allies is that huge businesses are for profit. They will not endanger their viability because Obama asked them to for a law that is still not implemented three years after it was passed.
The NFL makes money by playing games, selling merchandise, and basically putting on a good show for sports fans around the world. They are about a $10 billion enterprise that people love. Why would they want to mess with that formula?
“…In a single masterstroke it has given every company a reason to explain its existence (“don’t worry, you’ll be fine in the exchanges”) and created a de facto advertising campaign of enormous scale and reach. Deviously brilliant…”
The one thing liberals have to remember is that business with 50 or more full-time employees have to offer insurance as stated in the law. If they do not, then they would be in violation of the law. Oops…feel free to try again. Whether or not it is in 2014 or 2015, it is still in the law.
Businesses have to find a way to offer insurance without putting themselves out of business. The most likely way are to:
- not expand by hiring new personnel.
- cut hours down to 29 or less. (Employees who depend on hours??? Let me see…wait, those would be the service industry jobs, the jobs held by the working poor. Those are the various people who this bill is supposed to help.)
By the way, there are fewer jobs now then when Obama took office five years ago. Can a liberal explain that one? (Click on the hyperlink in the second bullet.)
The second idiotic part of this is that Obama sold this nonsense as saying that all Americans can keep their insurance if they want to. If businesses start dropping insurance as this liberal blog is proclaiming businesses can do in support of Obamacare, then they would be in violation of the law; but more importantly, Obama and the Democrats would have lied — No, you can’t keep your insurance.
Forget politics for a second here.
Liberals need to provide one example of a massive government program (something on the scale of Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid) that the government has operated with any degree of efficiency while controlling costs. I dare you — give me just one.
I will save you the trouble. There aren’t any.
Delaying the Obamacare employer mandate is another sign that Max Baucus, a Senate Democrat, was right when described the implementation of Obamacare as a “train wreck.”