By delaying a requirement that all large employers provide health insurance, the regime hopes to avoid the trainwreck of companies vowing to cut jobs or workers’ hours to avoid the costly mandate.
The failure to launch adds fuel to the myriad of critics of the signature legislation of The Insufferable Airhorn.
“You trade off one set of painful stories for another set of painful stories,” Bob Kocher, a former Obama health policy advisor, said. “I would think that, if I’m an administration official today, it’s a way more troublesome news story for people to say that we’re not ready to launch.”
Obamacare was leading to scores of workers losing workweek hours—or losing their jobs altogether.
Delaying the employer mandate until 2015 essentially puts an end to those actions for one year. While the Treasury Department cited concerns about the “complexity of the requirements” as the reason for the delay, observers saw a political motivation as well.
So it’s the law. Just not yet.
Maybe now, in hindsight, reading the bill before passing it would have been the smart thing to do. Meh.
You know who really feels stupid right now? All those people who bribed the WH for Obamacare waivers. Suckers!— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 2, 2013