Obama Violates His Own Law Again – Delays Individual Mandate

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In another move that violates his own signature healthcare law, Barack Obama  announced on Wednesday a delay of the individual mandate deadline.  Apparently  this has to do with the pitiful excuse of the Healthcare.gov website and the  mandate could be delayed by as much as six weeks.

out-of-luckThe  delay is to give “experts” time to fix the mess that is Healthcare.gov.  One  wonders if these are the same “experts” that created the mess in the first  place  at taxpayer expense, and one would also wonder if those “experts” are  getting  paid to fix what should have worked in the first place.

NBC reports:   

“As the Obama administration weighed changes to the individual mandate,  the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it will  hold daily briefings to update reporters on the progress of what President  Barack Obama has called the “tech surge” to rectify the hitches and glitches on  the troubled health care website.

The daily briefings will start Thursday, just two days after Health and  Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Obama did not know about the  health insurance website’s hitches and glitches until after it was launched  three weeks ago.”

“In the Marketplaces, you have to sign up by the 15th of  a given month in order for health insurance to start on the first day of the  next month,” the White House said in a statement. “As a result, some have asked  whether consumers could face a tax penalty if they don’t enroll in coverage by  Feb. 15thof next year.  This is not the case.  If you sign  up for insurance by the end of March, you will not face a penalty (tax).” (strike through mine, adding tax)

Now this is just pure bunk.  The website is not full of “glitches.”  It is a  disaster.  We reported back in July that the Obama administration knew that the Obamacare Beast  wouldn’t be ready for implementation for months, at least back as far as March  2013.  At that time, it was already costing people their jobs.

The Washington Post attempted to cover for the Obama administration in a report that claimed this was not a delay:

The Obama administration confirmed to The Washington Post a little bit ago  that it is indeed tweaking the way the individual mandate works as to not  penalize anyone who purchases coverage during this first open enrollment  period. It’s not quite right to describe this as a delay of the individual  mandate, or an extension of open enrollment. There will still be a requirement  to carry insurance coverage in 2014, and open enrollment still ends on March  31,  2014 — two facts that are true now and were true  yesterday.

The short of this is there is a delay.  The above is Orwellian doublespeak.   In one paragraph you say it is delayed without using the word.  In the second  paragraph, you use the word, but say it can’t be defined as that.  If that tax  penalty is not enforced during that time, guess what?  It’s a delay.

Not only was the implementation of the law not ready, but we also reported that the computer system wasn’t ready either. In fact, the Associated Press said  the particular fix that was needed, one in which the computer system limited  penalties that the “law says the companies may charge smokers would take at  least a year to fix.”  Seriously, how can it take a year to fix what should be  a  simple programming issue?  But this is what the Obama administration quietly  told insurers.

Now Democrats are standing up.  I presume it’s due to an election year that  is upon us.  Several senate Democrats are calling on the administration to  delay  enforcing the individual mandate.  This seems right on que.  Fox News reports:  

The Democratic dominoes began to fall quickly Wednesday, after Sen.    Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., circulated a letter urging President Obama to  extend enrollment beyond March 31,  2014. 


Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., in a statement released late Wednesday, said: “I  believe, given the technical issues, it makes sense to extend the time for  people to sign up.” 

Shaheen and several moderate Democrats supporting her, including  Pryor, are up for re-election in 2014, and no doubt taking note of the  widespread discontent with the launch of  HealthCare.gov. 

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who is not up for election next year, is  working on a bill that would delay the IRS penalty for one year for anyone who  does not get insurance. 

Every one of these senators is a deceiver in my opinion.  They all were  unwilling to bend to defunding Obamacare.  They all voted to fund it and would  not negotiate it one bit.  Here’s  their vote to prove it.  Now they want to ask Obama to delay  implementation?  That is their job, not Obama’s.  They are the legislators.  If  they want it  delayed, they have to write the law. The Executive Branch does not  get to pick  and choose (though this administration has done that) which laws it  wants to  follow and which ones it doesn’t, or worse, twist those laws to  comport with  their agenda.

The latest Rasmussen  Poll shows that American voters overwhelmingly support delaying the  mandate: 

Just over half of U.S. voters still want to delay the requirement that  everyone must have health insurance, but support for delaying that mandate is  down, despite the ongoing problems with government exchange websites set up to  provide health insurance.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national  telephone  survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters think the Obama  administration  should delay the individual mandate because of the problems  experienced by the  health insurance exchanges. Thirty-four percent (34%)  disagree and oppose any  delay in the requirement that every American have  health insurance by January 1.  Fifteen percent (15%) are not  sure.

Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius attempted to  play fast and loose with the truth about the readiness of the Obamacare  website.  “I think that we talked about having testing going forward, and if we  had an  ideal situation and could have built a product in, you know, a five-year  period  of time we probably would have taken five years, but we didn’t have five  years.  We wanted to make sure we made good on this final implementation of the  law.” 

Many of you are probably saying, “Tim, what’s the big deal?  The mandate is  being delayed.  That’s a good thing, right?”  I agree it’s a good thing.  A  better thing would be to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace  it with nothing.  However, the bigger issue should be the usurpation of power  by  the Executive Branch to, in essence, rewrite the law.  That is Congress’  job.   Yet, Congress pleads with the Executive Branch as though Obama is King.   This  should not be.  

If you are wondering why Obama wouldn’t budge on the spending bill, I submit  to you that he stood his ground, knowing Republicans would cave to political  pressure and then dump this on them in the end.  They should be calling his  bluff and holding him accountable for exceeding his authority.  Then they  should  add this overreach of authority to his list of impeachable  offenses.

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