Obama to Delay ObamaCare “Train Wreck” until after 2014 Election

In a stunning development, the Obama administration is going to delay the implementation of the employer mandate, a major aspect of President Obama’s health care law initially set to go into effect on Jan. 1, by a year, according to Bloomberg.

Journalists Mike Dorning and Alex Wayne report:

ObamaCareThe decision will come in regulatory guidance to be issued later this week. It addresses vehement complaints from employer groups about the administrative burden of reporting requirements, though it may also affect coverage provided to some workers.

The two officials, who asked not to be identified to discuss the move ahead of its announcement, said the administration decided to wait until 2015 before enforcing the employer mandate in order to simplify reporting requirements and give businesses more time to adapt their health-care coverage.

There are a number of major implications for politics and health policy stemming from this decision to delay the mandate until 2015, assuming the report is accurate. There’s more to learn. But for now, I have a number of loose thoughts.

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Administration delays key ObamaCare insurance

The change in the employer mandate is arguably the most significant concession the administration has made to date.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a critic of the law, seized on the delay as a “clear admission” that the law is “unaffordable, unworkable and unpopular.”

“It’s also a cynical political ploy to delay the coming train wreck associated with ObamaCare until after the 2014 elections,” he said.

The law requires companies that employ 50 or more workers to offer coverage or face fines. The Treasury Department and the White House said that, based on complaints by employers that the system for reporting the coverage was too onerous, they would simplify that system and give employers an additional year to comply.

Why Is Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Delayed Until after 2014 Elections?

Obamacare’s employer mandate, which would require businesses with 50 or more employees to provide employees with government-approved health insurance or pay big fines, was supposed to take effect on January 1, 2014. But Bloomberg reports the deadline for the employer mandate has been pushed back one year:

 

Businesses won’t be penalized next year if they don’t provide workers health insurance after the Obama administration decided to delay a key requirement under its health-care law, two administration officials said.

 

The decision will come in regulatory guidance to be issued later this week. It addresses vehement complaints from employer groups about the administrative burden of reporting requirements, though it may also affect coverage provided to some workers.

 

As Stephen F. Hayes reports in THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Obamacare has been a big drag on employment:

 

It’s been one year since the Supreme Court decision that allowed Obama administration officials to begin implementing the Affordable Care Act, and the frequency and volume of reports about the challenges facing those reforms—and the difficulties they are visiting on those who were supposed to benefit from them—are increasing dramatically.

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