Obamacare Takes A Break: Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015

At least individuals will still be forced to comply with purchasing insurance products, so that should make the “pro-choice” liberals happy. But as for the employer mandate that forces businesses with 50 or more full-time employees (those that work at least 30 hours per week) to provide health insurance products for their workers, it will be delayed for a year. But not to worry; the Treasury said it will work on streamlining the process over the next year. Can’t wait.

But I thought Obamacare was the “law of the land.” It was set in stone. Fixed in place. No turning back. And here the Treasury (remember, it’s going to be the IRS’s job to enforce the law) is just deciding to postpone the law? They can just do that? (Not that I’m necessarily complaining in this case.)

And they get on to states like Oklahoma who propose Obamacare nullification efforts. They don’t like these states taking such “rebellious” actions against federal law just because these states don’t like it. It’s the law, and states had better enforce it, they say.

Well, since the Treasury can decide arbitrarily to enforce or not to enforce at will without regard to this “law of the land,” maybe they should decide not to enforce it at all. Wouldn’t that be nice?

It’s already hurting the economy, and it hasn’t even taken full effect yet. The very anticipation of Obamacare has led many businesses to place holds on their hiring. According to a Gallup survey, 41% of those businesses polled said they had frozen hiring because of Obamacare, and 19% said they had let some of their employees go for the same reason.

Here was Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell’s reaction to the news of the one-year delay:

 “Obamacare costs too much and it isn’t working the way the administration promised. And while the White House seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know, and what I hear consistently in my travels around Kentucky regarding the regulatory burden on employers, the fact remains that Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced with common-sense reforms that actually lower costs for Americans.”

I agree that it needs to be replealed. But I don’t think we need another healthcare bill. We don’t need to replace Obamacare with anything. Not even a Republican version of Obamacare. If Republicans are truly supportive of a free market, they should work to repeal not just Obamacare, but other laws and regulations that unnecessarily burden a free market healthcare system. The government needs to get out of the healthcare business completely.