So, which newspaper’s going to file the first “WH quietly thinking about delaying ObamaCare” story?

posted at 8:01 pm on October 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

Rest assured, the White House is quietly thinking about delaying ObamaCare. Even if there’s only a five percent chance right now that they end up doing it, the scope of the disaster that is Healthcare.gov means they’ve got to be kicking this idea around in some form. As Megan McArdle explained yesterday, if they can’t iron out the wrinkles by around this time next month, they’ll be risking total chaos next year — a huge backlog of data to process, people trying to use coverage when they haven’t properly enrolled yet, and a huge pool of healthy uninsured young adults whom they need to fund this boondoggle having given up trying to enroll on the feds’ Chernobyl-esque website.

So yeah, they’re thinking about it. Who’ll be the first to find a source up the chain who’s willing to say so to a reporter?

As noted yesterday, the consolation prize from the shutdown being over is that Obama no longer has to worry about losing face by agreeing to a delay while under fiscal pressure from the GOP. He’ll still resist delaying the law for as long as he can — it’ll be a momentous embarrassment to do so and a foot in the door for the “repeal” crowd — but it’s easier to do it now, on “his own terms,” when he looks like he’s being magnanimous or whatever, than it is while Republicans are making a power play. And no matter how reluctant he is to pull the plug, an abortive rollout will be easier to recover from than forcing the public to go through hell for six months trying to use Healthcare.gov and potentially souring them on the law permanently. That would add fuel to the repeal fire more than delay would. As it is, here’s where we are today:

The federal agency in charge of the exchanges signed agreements this summer with several e-brokers to sell health plans in the 36 states where the feds are running the new individual marketplaces. But the online brokers, eager to tap a new market of people who’ll qualify for federal subsidies, learned shortly before the Oct. 1 launch that they wouldn’t be able to offer exchange plans right away.

The brokers say the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services didn’t act fast enough to let them integrate their websites with the IT systems supporting the federal insurance marketplaces. They hope to get everything linked up with the feds in the coming weeks.

“I think it just comes down to they weren’t ready,” said Michael Mahoney, vice president of consumer marketing for Web broker GoHealth. “Like anybody else, when they realized they weren’t going to be ready with a variety of things, they have to look at circumstances and prioritize.”

I’m as confident as you are that integrating those e-broker systems with the unstable federal data hub will be seamless. This is normally the point in any conservative ObamaCare analysis where the specter of Cloward-Piven appears and some people start claiming this giant failure is all part of the Democratic plan to present single-payer as the deus ex machina that’ll rescue America. Not likely — at least, not until Obama has himself a Democratic Congress again. Besides, like Charles Cooke says, the last thing you’d want to do if you’re trying to engineer a total government takeover of health care is show the public in gruesome detail that … government is really, really incompetent at overseeing health care:

[T]he law remains pretty unpopular. That the government has demonstrated so publicly that it is too incompetent to run what is a glorified comparison website — even when given hundreds of millions of dollars and a three-year lead time — cannot have helped the progressive dream of single-payer one bit. Hopefully, Republicans will have the nous to hammer this home over and over and over again during the next few months. Americans hate the DMV. Obamacare’s exchanges are currentlt worse than the DMV. Free marketeers, who may be tempted instead to talk abstractly about how bad things are in countries that most Americans have never visited – let alone lived in – should capitalize on that.

That’s another reason why O is surely contemplating delaying the law (and secretly wishing he could fire people for botching this so horribly, even though he won’t). The longer he sticks with it, the greater the risk that the whole universal health-care endeavor in all its statist glory will be jeopardized long-term. If Healthcare.gov becomes a punchline among young (and left-leaning) Americans, who knows what that’ll do to the prospects of greater government power over health care later. Some lefties like Joan Walsh have been scoffing on Twitter that the “glitches” mean much of anything, but Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker is closer to the truth, I think: “The ACA is the most important liberal project in decades. If it fails, it is a complete disaster for liberalism.”

Via John Sexton, tick tock.


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So, which newspaper’s going to file the first “WH quietly thinking about delaying ObamaCare” story?

Domestic: National Enquirer

International: The Sun

rukiddingme on October 16, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Byron York @ByronYork
And that failure would have huge effect on insurance industry as whole. Read @asymmetricinfo: http://ow.ly/pQYtr
6:26 PM – 15 Oct 2013

This cannot be un-done. After today, this can not be un-done.

Six months from now the video and audio footage of the howls from the dem left and rino left should be broadcast in Times Square as people riot over the loss of their freedom and liberty. Obama.Cares.

/Uh Huh.

Key West Reader on October 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

So Obama thinks he can wave his magic waiver wand and exempt everyone for a year? Who is going to reimburse the expenses incurred by these punitive regulations on businesses large and small? On health care insurers, et al?

This cannot be un done. There is no going back. Your current premium will remain your premium for the coming 3 years, as long as Obama remains in office with a D majority senate. Then again, the blurred lines between the “R”s and “D”s is getting more clear by the day.

Key West Reader on October 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

So Obama thinks he can wave his magic waiver wand and exempt everyone for a year? Who is going to reimburse the expenses incurred by these punitive regulations on businesses large and small? On health care insurers, et al?

This cannot be un done. There is no going back. Your current premium will remain your premium for the coming 3 years, as long as Obama remains in office with a D majority senate. Then again, the blurred lines between the “R”s and “D”s is getting more clear by the day.

Key West Reader on October 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Well said. He can’t waive the individual mandate for a year without waiving the crushing Obamacare policy requirements that are causing insurance rates to skyrocket.

A waiver will do very little to stimulate the economy because one of the reasons for the depression is the uncertainty that Obamacare and the whimsical and capricious way Obama is enforcing this part and not that part of it as he sees fit on any particular day.

A temporary waiver just adds more uncertainty and reinforces the impression that he is an imperial dictator that can change the law of the land with a wave of his crozier.

slickwillie2001 on October 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Gophergirl…

I got this from a local radio host:
The following is a list of senators who voted against the budget deal on Wednesday:

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

vamp57mw on October 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Never going to happen. After this spectacle of do not touch Obamacare, if the president does it on his own not even the media will be able to protect him.

ojfltx on October 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

He can’t delay it. He can only issue “no verification” on all the businesses and individuals who will miss deadlines and possibly incur penalties…er, taxes (per John Roberts).

This lurching back and forth, stop and start, is just as bad as the original plan.

It will fail on its own. The economy is going to be devastated either way. Reap the whirlwind, Champ.

PattyJ on October 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM

LAw”/w

jpcpt03 on October 17, 2013 at 4:11 AM

if the president does it on his own not even the media will be able to protect him.

ojfltx on October 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Want to bet?

smoothsailing on October 17, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Bingo. There’s no way the left will risk losing 2014 and maybe 2016, by angering much of the population (including their own robots) by allowing this known disaster to continue.

The media, and the McCain, Christie, Graham, Krauthammer, “socialism is us” complex, will cover his butt and the masses will genuflect to his wisdom and messiahship.

Don L on October 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Obama’s magic wand will be used to waive the penalty for a year. That way he hasn’t “delayed” Obamacare as those evil Republicans wanted, but has just done the pragmatic thing. He can hide behind prosecutorial discretion like he always does.

Fred 2 on October 17, 2013 at 8:24 AM

While the Pubbies were squabbling over whether to dynamite the tracks, the ObamaCare train roared past, the driver oblivious to the fact that around the corner, the bridge was out.

drunyan8315 on October 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

This would be hard to do since the Rs have made such as big deal out of this fiasco of a bill. Don’t know if it will shorten the trip to single payer, but does ask the question of which will come first, more Rs in the senate and house or total takeover of health insurance by the feds. But, hey, if prezzy don’t call my bluff wants to do something who’s gonna stop him?

Kissmygrits on October 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

The failed Obamacare mess needs a “time out” so they can fix the multiple flaws in a year delay so it might work with changes. It is more than just Republicans who are calling for Sebelius to step down. If she won’t leave on her own, she should be removed. Epic fail.

Amazingoly on October 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Sebelius knows where all the bodies are buried. She will stay.

PattyJ on October 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

To which I urge Republicans; drop delaying Obamacare as an issue or negotiating point.

Let it continue to roll over our citizens like the wreckless steamroller it is. Don’t delay it- that will only prolong people’s agony. Remind them of Obama’s and the Democrats “victory dance” they did when stopping the Republicans from ridding us of this monstrosity. Play back their words from our most recent fight.

Then, when we have the votes, repeal it completely.

In another year people will be ready to burn down the capital if we don’t.

Marcus Traianus on October 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM

So, which newspaper’s going to file the first “WH quietly thinking about delaying ObamaCare” story?

Well, whichever one the White House picks, why do you ask?

drunyan8315 on October 17, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Hey, maybe Nancy Pelosi told Sebelius she had to put the Obamacare website code into production to see what’s in it?!

drunyan8315 on October 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

When the time comes, make the President follow every jot and tittle of law and procedure giving him no help or relief whatsoever. It’s time for the full Saul Alinsky: “Make them live up to their own book of rules’.

Mason on October 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Tax payers and rule followers hardest hit…

Galtian on October 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

His chance to unilaterally delay the mandate is realistically about over anyway – more likely he will suspend penalties. But the problem here is that employers have already left the station. Spouses are being left out based upon exchanges being available – you are going to actually inflate the number of uninsured. So they will be stuck with a mandate whose penalties are waived on a product they cannot buy.

Brilliant. We could only wish for the DMV. That would be a significant improvement.

Zomcon JEM on October 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM

“He’ll still resist delaying the law for as long as he can”

Like many others have pointed out: he can’t, it’s too late. People are already buying their insurance plans for next year, already receiving rate quotes, etc. It’s too late.

Now, would it be funny to see the insurance companies that backed ObamaCare because of the IM get even more screwed because the IM is delayed for a year? Sure.

But what that would mean is that next year, come October, the rates will go up even more, right in time for the 2014 elections. Won’t THAT hurt the Dems.

Nope, they have to hold on tight, and pray things will all work out in the end.

Greg Q on October 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Stupid Americans. They’ll always believe Obama because they still think there’s a chance he’ll steal something from someone who earned it and give it to them.

BillCarson on October 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

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