White House delays key element of health care law
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law, hailed as his most significant legislative achievement, seems to be losing much of its sweep.
On Tuesday, the administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.Until after the 2014 elections. Gee. Let me get my shocked face out. The White House is claiming that they are trying to simplify reporting requirements. If you believe that, I have some prime beachfront property in Utah to sell you. No, they read the writing on the wall, with many companies already electing to lay off employees or simply cut the hours of existing workers to comply with the new regulations. If they push full steam ahead on implementation by 2014, there will be a bunch of people with reduced hours or in the unemployment lines all because of ObamaCare.
Now, if the GOP wasn't the Stupid Party, they could turn this against the Democrats REALLY easily - I would take their announcement of the delay of reporting requirements and turn it into a slick 30 second commercial: Why, if ObamaCare was so fantastic, did they have to delay implementation until after the election? If this is such a great and needed program, why wait to get it in place? They've already had, what, two years to get ready for the data reporting, right?
But they are the Stupid Party for a reason, and I expect them to fumble this like they have pretty much everything else...
That is all.