Saturday, July 6, 2013

GOP Hates Obama-care Except for Employer Freebies

The Good, Bad, and GOP-supported Ugly

Mr. Obama's decision is good policy that makes sense and the way government is supposed to "fix or correct" policy glitches.

The story from July 2, 2013: Businesses today have won a one-year extension to comply with a key provision of the health care law that requires larger companies to provide affordable health insurance to their full-time workers.

Natch, the GOP jumps all over the announcement with joy (question is: Who is Joy - smile)?  e.g., GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in an e-mailed statement that the delay confirms his party’s argument that “Obamacare costs too much and it isn’t working the way the administration promised.”  I have two words for Mr. McConnell: B-S.

A good explanation of the change and GOP jockeying for points are seen in this short 7-minute clip.

So, why the delay, which actually makes sense, if those effected will end up playing by the rules (note chart above about a major concern).

In the words from the White House and this article: Businesses won’t be penalized next year if they fail to provide workers health insurance after the Obama administration decided to delay a key requirement under its signature 2010 health-care law. The government will postpone enforcement of the so-called employer mandate until 2015, the administration said today. Under the provision, companies with 50 or more workers face a fine of as much as $3,000 per employee if they don’t offer affordable insurance.

Why this change: It addresses complaints from employer groups to President Barack Obama’s administration about the burden of the law’s reporting requirements. The decision pushes the issue past the 2014 midterm congressional elections, as Republicans have sought to make the health law a symbol of government overreach.

So, back the headlines: the GOP obviously hates Obama-care and have since day-one ... except I guess in this case if people are covered, businesses get a pass when the cost is shifted to Uncle Sam (which I thought the GOP also hated) as noted in the NY Times article noted in chart above from Mr. Jared Bernstein. (Mr. Bernstein).

Once again, the hate-filled GOP is way off track on this issue. Hopefully, the public will see right through the GOP ploys and not just for the upcoming 2014 cycle, either, but well beyond.

This health care reform law needs a chance to take root and work, and yes, if needed, adjustments can and should be made. This employer mandate extension underscores that premise about how the system is supposed to work.

Footnote for Mr. and Mrs. GOP:  Anyone can throw bombs; but real change comes from real leadership focused on results. Results for the same people you profess and claim to serve while in office.

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