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Sometimes you have to take what you can get.
In the case of the Affordable Care Act, that means welcoming the delay, until 2015, for businesses with at least 50 “full-time” employees being forced to provide health insurance for their employees, or face fines.
The businesses weren’t ready; neither was the federal government.
And the truth is, politics won the day.
Had 2014 not been a mid-term election year, the delay wouldn’t have happened. The Obama Administration would never admit that, of course. But it’s true.
Jobs were about to be lost because of that provision in the healthcare law. Businesses were cutting hours or eliminating positions altogether.
Democrats didn’t want to have to go home and try to run in that atmosphere. Too many constituents are beginning to come to the realization that the “free” healthcare they’ve been offered is anything but free.
Hence the delay.
Some Republicans have called the delay unconstitutional – an illegal attempt to manipulate those 2014 elections.
And House Republicans are putting the issue in the spotlight. Why, they ask, should big business get off the hook from complying with the ObamaCare law while the provision that requires individuals to have healthcare remains in place with a 2014 compliance date? That’s why some House members have sponsored legislation requiring the individual mandate to be delayed, as well.
The healthcare legislation was ill-advised when it was passed.
It hasn’t gotten any better.
“Let’s be fair about this — if the president’s going to help out businesses by exempting them from the law, he ought to give the same relief to folks like you,” Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas has stated.
Some Democrats have agreed, and supported a delay in the individual mandate, as well. Even some unions are joining in the criticism of ObamaCare.
But President Obama doesn’t want any part of that; he’s threatened to veto legislation delaying the individual mandate, should it make it through the Senate.
That’s not likely.
“We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively,” Treasury Assistant Secretary Mark Mazur stated. “We have listened to your feedback, and we are taking action.”
The Administration tried to hide the announcement of the delay in a blog post over the July 4 holiday weekend.
It didn’t work.
It’s a 365-day reprieve; at least in part.
An outright rejection of the law would be better.