How businesses are reacting to Obamacare delay
The temporary reprieve is eliciting plenty of 'we told you so' responses. But the move could be 'deviously brilliant' politically.
Amanda Austin of the National Federation of Independent Business was typical. In a statement, she noted: "This is simply the latest evidence that implementation of this terrible law is going to be difficult if not impossible, and the burden is going to fall on the people who create American jobs. Temporary relief is small consolation."
The National Restaurant Association struck a slightly more conciliatory tone, noting that it appeared as though the administration had listened to "the concerns of our members . . . and the need for additional time to be able to comply effectively."
In the short term, this was a shrewd political move by Obama. For one thing, by delaying the rule to 2015, he removes a talking point for the Republicans heading into the 2014 midterm elections. Moreover, it seems likely that the rule, perhaps the most controversial part of Obamacare, will get pushed back past the 2016 presidential elections.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former head of the Congressional Budget Office under President George W. Bush, described the delay as "deviously brilliant" in a blog post. "Democrats no longer face the immediate specter of running against the fallout from a heavy regulatory imposition on employers across the land," he wrote.
Republicans have to be careful not to overplay their hand. Although Americans are closely divided on the questions of whether the law should be repealed, some aspects of it are quite popular, such as forbidding insurers from denying coverage based on a preexisting conditions.
Indeed, CNNMoney noted that very few businesses are subject to the Obamacare employer rules and most already provide insurance. While some critics have argued that employers would slash workers' hours below 30 a week to avoid the mandate, no evidence shows that such a practice is widespread, the site says.
One thing is for sure: Changing the nation's health care insurance system is far more of a daunting challenge than even the president's most ardent supporters imagined.
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first they voted with their feet. now they are dragging their feet. obamacare dies a slow death. a death by a thousand cuts. a death by a thousand delays. it will not get repealed. eventually somebody will ask "what ever happened to obamacare"? there will be no answer. there will be complete silence. that will be the eventual end of obamacare. it will be R.I.P. obamacare. don't think many tears will be shed.
Shows this whole Obamacare thing is a failure and if he can delay it until he leaves office, he can blame the total failure n the next President.
this clusterpuck will be run exactly like social security. the younger people will be paying in while the elderly use the bulk of the services as age causes most of the medical conditions. in fact the government is counting on the younger people to support this for it to be successful. and 30 or more years down the road after you have paid in you are not expected to receive but the minimal of health care. this is a fact. go over to the google news and boards. they at least spell it all out. msn is keeping you ignorant. so if you are young and just entering the work force you are gonna be faced by a double whammy later. no guarantee of getting back much in the way of a social security check and very little in health care benefits. you all had better think long and hard on this one. unless of course you are the "in government we trust" types.
It is humorous to hear liberals and democRATs argue that a government run Monoploy would be better... Monopolies ALWAYS charge premium prices, and offer the worst products. Add on to that this would be government run, and I can see medicine stagnating in the 1950's, people waiting months to see a doctor, and having very poor healthcare. We already see the high prices because of government involvement via Medicare...
We will VA level of service hospitals, the compassion of the IRS, the rules of the EPA, and the competence level of the Imbecile Obama...
Already with years to prepare we can see the "Train Wreck" (the words of the guy that wrote and sponsored the bill, a democrat), and we will know who to blame... VOTE out every democrat on the ballot. Don't vote for socialists...
Someone:I agree with your post.When is the last time you ever heard of a time when Republicans ever
came up with a solution?All they do is bellyache and cry and blame everything on the Dems.
Repubs are against healthcare,against education.against infrastructure.They are for benefit cuts,
for war,for screwing the little guy,for corporate welfare and tax breaks for the rich.
Someone on here posted the following:
"...I for one wont stop until the health care discrepancies I studied in college are reduced if not eliminated..."
My response follows:
Now your challenge, which I hope you're succesful at, will be to implement your well-meaning progress within the strictures outlined above. Anybody can just force people to help one another, but that's not true progress -- That's a dictatorship. Work within the framework, rather than deconstructing it like some hipster, please.
And don't let your professors brainwash you with one-sided opinions. Many of them are truly closeted leftists. That's not rhetorical name-calling either -- I mean REALLLY leftists. They'll have you believing that Hitler was "right wing", but socialism is socialism, and a thing cannot be the opposite of itself. Can it? Oh, the illusion of polarity.
"One thing is for sure: Changing the nation's health care insurance system is far more of a daunting challenge than even the president's most ardent supporters imagined."
It's not an easy job but somebody's got to do it and I for one am up for the challenge! It's a good model, we just need to work through the details. No politician is enrolling patietns, no legislator is buiding specialty care networks but those that do, are. I for one wont stop until the health care discrepancies I studied in college are reduced if not eliminated. It's a problem worth addressing on a large scale. Go PROGRESS!
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