Obamacare Delay is a GOP Gift But Will the Party Open It?

On Tuesday the Obama regime announced the delay in implementing Obamacare until 2015. But only for businesses; individuals will still be responsible for complying with that pig’s breakfast of a law come 2014.

The employer mandate requires businesses with more than 50 employees either to provide employees with “a minimum standard of affordable healthcare insurance” or face a stiff, financial penalty. On Tuesday, the administration, previously deaf to all objections, claimed that they were “listening” to the complaints of business owners on the issue of complying with paperwork hassles.

According to Time magazine, a “senior Administration official” was quoted as saying: “We have been in a dialogue with businesses and we think we can simplify the new reporting — we want to give businesses who want to provide health insurance the time to get this right. . . . Just like our effort to turn the 21-page application for health insurance into a three-page application, we are working hard to adapt and to be flexible in employer and insurer reporting as we implement the law.”

The U.K. MailOnline, however, quoted a different source and a very different motive for the delay: “[A] Treasury source said the extra year will give the White House an extra year to persuade health insurers to participate in the exchanges that make up the backbone of the Affordable Care Act. The revised timetable, the source added, will also push back the final implementation of Obamacare’s penalties past the 2014 midterm elections, providing Republicans fewer chances to highlight the law’s potentially harmful effects on businesses’ bottom lines.” Bingo.

Panic-stricken, political rabbits of the Republican Party are wringing their hands over the announcement. They are afraid that the delay in implementing Obamacare may cost them election success in 2014. Clearly, Democrats are banking on that. This ploy is designed to distract attention from the most scandal-ridden, political party in the nation’s history. After all, Democrats have ample evidence that the constituency’s attention span barely runs the length of a Super Bowl commercial.

They are wagering that, by putting the punishment off for a year, the teeth of the GOP’s argument against Obamacare will be drawn. But, delayed or not, the gorilla just isn’t roaring at the moment; it hasn’t gone away.

Breitbart noted the chief problem with the Obamacare dodge: “individuals will still be required to have health insurance by 2014. Those workers who otherwise might have been covered by their employer under the law, will now have to purchase their own coverage in the health care exchanges.

“Individuals” means “voters.” Business may be off the hook for providing healthcare to their employees for another year, but employees are still on the hook to get coverage in 2014 or else. It’s a good bet that the necessity of paying for their own healthcare every month will be upsetting enough to remember on Election Day. Those that still have jobs and haven’t had their hours cut.

There is, of course, the chance that Obama’s regime will delay the demand for individual compliance with “Affordable Healthcare” for another year, just to get past Election Day, particularly if enough people haven’t voluntarily enrolled by 2014. Regardless, it is up to a timid GOP to hammer the un-fixable mess of Obamacare, to remind everyone that it is coming even if it isn’t yet here, to drill unresolved scandals and on-going lies into the public’s consciousness.

The GOP has been granted many gifts by Democrats; let’s see if they have the courage to open them.