Last night, the Obama administration announced that it would delay the “employer mandate” provision of the Affordable Care Act, which requires businesses of 50 employees or more to provide health insurance or face a penalty. The reason for the delay, as Sarah Kliff reports for The Post, is that the administration has heard “significant concerns from employers about the challenges of implementing it.” As far as policy is concerned, this isn’t a huge blow to the ACA. “The employer mandate is both weaker and less important than most people realize,” writes Jonathan Cohn for the New Republic.
Comments: Really? Greg gets paid for writing this stuff?
So if republicans passed a bill with not one democratic vote (and passed it just to ´see what was in it´), Greg would complain that the democrats were keeping the bill from being ´fixed´?
The WH approved Official Spin spews from the MSM orifices. We will be told the GOP is just as responsible as the Democrats are for these problems. But unlike the Democrats the GOP refuses to fix problems.
The weekend approaches and the talk shows will again proclaim the Golden Child Obama is without flaw.
This pile of crap is right on track. It was written and passed by worthless pukes WHO hate the American People. NOW, the delay is nothing more than screwing ALL OF US, so that more American Hating politicians can be elected.
Repeal? GOP leadership has already committed to saving the "good parts" of Obamacare. The "new" Republicans will likely declare 90% of the law "good" after the big money talks in 2016. Get ready for "Jeb", ´cause he´s coming, like his brother, to save conservatism and the Republican Party. Comprende?
Republicans don’t care, and that indifference guarantees that — when the administration hits roadblocks in implementing the Affordable Care Act — it will have no choice but to power through them, even when legislation is a better option. The GOP wants Obamacare to fail, and it’s doing all it can to ensure that outcome.
"Republicans don´t care" is getting pretty thin. The GOP was powerless to stop Obamacare but they are not powerless now and yes, they do want it to fail because it´s bad for Americans, bad for doctors, bad for medical care, bad for hospitals, bad for patients.
This is a hoot:
As far as policy is concerned, this isn’t a huge blow to the ACA... Indeed, there’s a case for repealing the employer mandate altogether, given how little it matters to the full scheme of the law.
So if the employer mandate matters so little, why is there "a case for repealing" it?
Can he think analytically or does he just pull this stuff out of his nether regions?
What´s the rush? Democrats wrote the legislation they wanted.
People need an opportunity to "try out" Obamacare the way Democrats wrote it.
Once people "experience" the law, THEY can tell their elected leaders what, if any changes they want.
For Democrats to change the law themselves, and for Republicans to help them do it, is to continue the same bassackward, dictatorial, politician-serving process that created Obamacare in the first place. No more of that.
The GOP should keep its hands off Obamacare and let the people "find out what is in it" for themselves. Trust me. They will straighten this mess out far better and faster than politicians can imagine.
The Republicans are bound to oppose the "mend it don´t end it" approach that the liberal Democrats are attempting, because the very controversial Obama-care monstrosity was rammed through the Congress by the Democrats on a straight party line vote. In other words it is the Democrat´s baby, and they are going to either have to run with it and/or go down in flames.
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