In yet another unilateral and unlawful executive overreach, the Regime on Monday announced another delay in Obamacare’s rules for employers.
The government will now exempt companies employing between 50 and 100 full-time workers from complying with the mandate that they offer employees affordable health insurance by another year, until 2016.
Companies that have 100 or more full-time workers, defined as employees who work more than 30 hours per week, still will have to begin complying with the mandate to offer such coverage in 2015 or face financial penalties of up to $3,000 per worker.
“I’m sure the cynics out there might point out that this delays the mandate until….after the midterm election”, an astute Jake Tapper noted dryly on CNN. “Do we have any idea whether employers were pressuring the White House for this – or there were political considerations, as well?”
CNN reporter, Brianna Keillar answered frankly, “there certainly were political considerations…”
So glad we got that settled.
“The change is likely to draw criticism, for three reasons,” according to Jason Pye of United Liberty:
One is because the administration has, yet again, ignored statutory requirements in the text of Obamacare. As noted, the employer mandate was supposed to take effect at the beginning of 2014 before it was unceremoniously delayed last year.
Secondly, it’s another example of the administration moving the goal posts on the law. Businesses had warned that the employer mandate was causing disruption, and they pushed to raise the definition of a full-time worker from 30 hours a week to 40 hours.
The administration has stuck by the law, almost religiously, even though mounting delays of various provisions undermines its arguments that the law won’t have a negative impact on the economy.
Lastly, it’s obviously a political move with control of the Senate on the line in the 2014 mid-term election, a narrative upon which the Republican National Committee has already seized.
“The Obama Administration is failing to deal with ObamaCare because it is simply bad law,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “After refusing to accept bipartisan changes to the law, the administration is unilaterally making it up as they go along.”
“Whether you are an American worker, employer, a union member or healthcare provider, you’ve had enough. What’s the remedy? Elections matter. Democrats may try hiding from President Obama on the campaign trail, but when it comes to his signature accomplishment, ObamaCare, each Democrat Senator up for reelection this year helped make it a reality,” he added.
Meanwhile, Obama told his latest BFF on the world stage, today, ‘That’s the Good Thing as a President, I Can Do Whatever I Want.’
President Obama “quipped” today during a visit to Monticello with the French president, “That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want.”
Via the pool report:
At 4:45 POTUS and president Hollande walked out from a portico and strolled in Front of your pool with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation. Looking at a terrace she said that Jefferson loved to admire the landscape from there. POTUS said that he’d like to take a look and seemed delighted to “break the protocol”.
“That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want” he quipped, walking to the terrace with his guest and Ms. Bowman. Pool now in the mansion as the leaders will come and visit Jefferson’s study.
C’est magnifique. Video here.
Eric Cantor responded to the news on Twitter, via Twitchy
Another day, another delay. This should be ObamaCare’s new logo: pic.twitter.com/4HGd4zXkMk
— Eric Cantor (@EricCantor) February 10, 2014
Adorable – are we going to do anything more about this than post cute photoshops, GOP?