Obama is a farce. Are the Republicans pointing that out as emphatically as they need to? Perhaps they are and I’m just not seeing them speak out about it. But if we are going to win in 2014 and 2016 we can’t aid and abet the Democrats by treating these moves as the actions of a sober or serious person.
What I’m trying to say is that disagreeing is not enough. The President is doing outrageous things. To be too polite to laugh at his buffoonery or show contempt for his damage control is to support the Democrats’ narrative that he is doing serious work to address serious problems I the country.
So, yesterday, Obama did it again. Via The Washington Post: “Another key Obamacare mandate delayed again; Employer requirement will be phased in later for mid-sized businesses.”
The administration said Monday that it was giving many businesses until 2016 to comply with the health care law, in President Obama’s latest unilateral move to try to ease the pain of his signature achievement.
Republicans said it was another example of giving businesses a break while refusing to delay the mandate for average Americans, who must have coverage by the end of March or face tax penalties.
Businesses initially were required to provide coverage for their employees this year, but the Obama administration last year pushed that deadline to 2015. On Monday, it pushed it back one more year, giving businesses with 50 to 99 employees until 2016 to offer coverage.
The Obama administration also promised to try to make it easier for businesses to comply with the mandate.
“While about 96 percent of employers are not subject to the employer responsibility provision, for those employers that are, we will continue to make the compliance process simpler and easier to navigate,” Mark J. Mazur, assistant secretary for tax policy, said in announcing the change.
The Treasury also phased in the mandate among companies with 100 or more workers. Now, these employers need to provide health care coverage for only 70 percent of full-time workers in 2015 and 95 percent of them in 2016 and beyond, the department said.
Republicans and some Democrats have said the health care mandate will discourage businesses from hiring 50 or more workers.
The points made by the Republicans are correct. But I think they should be communicating more derision at this point. Obama obviously knows that Obamacare is a source of pain and frustration to Americans. He is doing what he can to mitigate some of that pain, not only for the 2014 elections, but also for the Presidential campaign in 2016.
Obama defends the law, but only in theory. In practice he keeps delaying it. He knows it is a stinker.
Of course, that’s just the meaning of the changes he makes. The fact that he makes them unilaterally once again shows he is a usurper of the prerogatives of Congress. If Congress is too scared of the media to seriously pursue impeachment and charges, couldn’t they at least take him to court to rule these executive actions to be unconstitutional?
Once again, disagreeing is not enough. Treating these actions as acceptable gives far too much ground to the Democrats.