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Tue Jul 2, 2013, 09:47 PM

Health Mandate For Employers Delayed to 2015

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Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — In a significant setback for President Obama’s signature domestic initiative, the administration on Tuesday abruptly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in his health care law’s mandate that larger employers provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties. The decision postpones the effective date beyond next year’s midterm elections.

Employer groups welcomed the news of the concession, which followed complaints from businesses and was posted late in the day on the White House and Treasury Web sites while the president was flying home from Africa. Republicans’ gleeful reactions made clear that they would not cease to make repeal of Obamacare a campaign issue for the third straight election cycle.

While the postponement technically does not affect other central provisions of the law — in particular those establishing health-insurance marketplaces in the states, known as exchanges, where uninsured Americans can shop for policies — it throws into disarray the administration’s effort to put those provisions into effect by Jan. 1.

“I am utterly astounded,” said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at George Washington University and an advocate of the law. “It boggles the mind. This step could significantly reduce the number of uninsured people who will gain coverage in 2014.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/03/us/politics/obama-administration-to-delay-health-law-requirement-until-2015.html?_r=0



Incredible.

The New York Times article adds some details - check it out.
I am at a loss for words.

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Reply Health Mandate For Employers Delayed to 2015 (Original post)
James48 Jul 2013 OP
MrSlayer Jul 2013 #1
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2013 #5
BlueEye Jul 2013 #2
Iliyah Jul 2013 #3
James48 Jul 2013 #4
Recursion Jul 2013 #8
LovingA2andMI Jul 2013 #6
Iliyah Jul 2013 #7
hrmjustin Jul 2013 #9
Iliyah Jul 2013 #10

Response to James48 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 09:53 PM

1. The whole thing is a disaster.

 

Three words, Medicare For All, would have changed this game from a farce to an epic win. But no one wanted an epic win, except the insurance companies and big pharma. And they got it.

Egg on face, again.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:19 PM

5. When "our" side started negotiations...

with public option, instead of single payer, it was doomed. You don't start haggling at the point you want to end up at. I wonder how many politicians had their coffers filled by passing this turd in the punch bowl.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:06 PM

2. Grow a Spine, Mr. President

I wish I could say this is simply President Obama and Secretary Sebelius trying to implement the ACA the right way, the first time. But this appears to be the Treasury Department holding the law hostage because they can't (don't want to?) deal with the new business taxation and reporting issues. The rest of the law (and the people it aims to help) will suffer because of this delay. Sadly this isn't the first time that the Administration has put business/revenue interests in front of the interests of ordinary Americans.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:08 PM

3. It will take time just like

Medicare, Medicaid aka Medi-Cal did, where GOPers like Pres Reagan said it would destroy America. Guess what, it didn't. And Obamacare is working just fine here in California.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:16 PM

4. Question= can they even do that?

I thought the time of certain actions like this- the employer mandate, for example, were in law.

Not even the President can change the law.

Can they even do this?

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Response to James48 (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:33 PM

8. Almost all of the bill leaves discretion for HHS (nt)

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:21 PM

6. Here we go....

Down a Corporate Rabbit Hole with President Obama Again....

I'm....Just.....DONE!!

Supporting Political Leaders here at home that stand up for needs of MIDDLE AND LOWER CLASS AMERICANS!

Skipping boxes on the 2014 General Election Ballot for Those primary stationed in Washington, D.C.

Must worry about saving my OWN state because President Obama shows on a consistent basis Corporation Needs are more important than THE PEOPLE NEEDS!!!

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:29 PM

7. States that refuse Medicaid

where is the outrage? None . . .

Medicaid helps middle class and the poor who can't afford health care.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:35 PM

9. Locking-sorry but this is a duplicate of this post.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:35 PM

10. Actually, this could lead to

Medicare for all - LOL

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