HHS delays 2015 enrollment to … just past the midterm elections

posted at 10:01 am on November 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Guess who’s worrying about the 2014 midterms?  It’s not Republicans, but the White House. In a nonsense move, HHS has announced a one-month delay in 2015 open enrollments in the ObamaCare exchange, which will mean … nothing at all for the elections:

Health and Human Services plans to delay the start of the second year of Obamacare enrollment by one month to allow insurers more time to set rates after assessing their plan experiences during 2014, a department official said Thursday night.

The decision means that sign-ups for the 2015 plan year would begin on Nov. 15, 2014 and end on Jan. 15, 2015 instead of the Oct. 15-Dec. 7 window previously announced. The date change, first reported by Bloomberg, also lengthens the enrollment period by a week. Doing so would give companies more opportunity to account for individuals, particularly young adults, who come in late during the plan’s first year, which has gotten off to a rocky start. The goal is premiums that more accurately reflect costs for those insured.

The new calendar would move the start of the 2015 open enrollment season to shortly after the November midterm elections.

This is, of course, nonsense.  Insurers will have plenty of time to calculate their rates for 2015 based on their experiences in the first half of 2014, as they have every year they have been in business.  This is just a transparent attempt to push off major price increases created by an inability to convince younger consumers to buy comprehensive insurance they don’t need, which will force insurers to raise premiums sharply again in the next year to make up the costs of all the mandates imposed on them for 2014. Those costs and the participation rate for various demographics will be well known in time for an October enrollment.

However, this misses the real risk for the White House, which isn’t in the individual market in 2015.The people in that market will have been battered all year with higher premiums and ridiculous deductibles, and another round of escalation in both will only have a limited shock value.  The risk is in the employer-provided group market, where costs will either skyrocket or employees will get kicked out of their coverage and forced into the individual market.  Those decisions will come in the late summer or early fall, as businesses have to prepare 2015 budgets in those time frames.  By the time the standard October 1 open enrollment date hits for those consumers, the enormous impact of ObamaCare will be well known — even if they can’t access price information in the individual exchanges. When tens of millions of Americans get handed huge price increases or get pushed out of their group coverage altogether at that point, the outrage and political meltdown will dwarf whatever pricing changes take place in the individual markets.

This is a desperation move in more ways than one, and yet another example of the ignorance of private-sector strategic processes in the Obama administration.


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Idiots…..and yet lsm will say this is a brilliant move

cmsinaz on November 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

That doesn’t mean, however, that Bill Gates, his wealthy minions or any similar demographic should be able to dictate urban policy (or tax policy) for their own convenience.
 
urban elitist on November 16, 2013 at 5:58 PM

rogerb on November 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Nuclear Option in the Senate. Rewriting the Law of the Land from the briefing room in the White House. These guys are anarchists.

forest on November 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

All in a days work here at Team Tyranny. -KS

antipc on November 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

29 Republican Governors can ask for the rates in their states, and ask insurance companies to communicate directly with the customer, by August 2014. And their legislatures can put it into law. There is no reason the entire country should not know what their fiscal choices are for 2015, by July 2014. Six months notice for a company is not too soon.

Fleuries on November 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

More lies and fraud to cover up more lies and fraud.

albill on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Good grief! Are we becoming a banana republic? Just change the law by fiat and try and steal another election. Is the electorate that stupid to not see this? Don’t answer that…

major dad on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Don’t kid yourself, we now live in an Oligarchy. Laws no longer matter. Rules no longer matter. Your vote no longer matters.

BigGator5 on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

This is just a transparent attempt to push off major price increases created by an inability to convince younger consumers to buy comprehensive insurance they don’t need, which will force insurers to raise premiums sharply again in the next year to make up the costs of all the mandates imposed on them for 2014.

Yeah, they are not even trying to hide the poltics behind these policy decisions.

Happy Nomad on November 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

This is a desperation move in more ways than one, and yet another example of the ignorance of private-sector strategic processes in the Obama administration.

Obama thinks the private sector is the parts of the public that the NSA and TSA have access to.

abobo on November 22, 2013 at 10:14 AM

If you’re a business that does its budgeting quarterly and have to anticipate the final quarter of 2014 before October 1, or if you’re a government entity that bases its fiscal year on a calendar that runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, you’re still going to have to factor in the costs of the employer mandate before Election Day in 2014.

Pushing peoples’ abilities to get mad about the costs of their new plans on the healthcare.gov site if they’re thrown into the marketplace doesn’t offset the anger they’ll have over being thrown off their employer plans in the first place. And the tsunami of news about the incompetence of the current ObamaCare roll-out is going to make it tough for Democrats next year to try and throw all the blame back on the employers and the insurers, even with the low-info voters (and I’m not sure how many elected officials at the city or county level are going to want to be thrown under the bus by the national Democratic Party if their cities and counties suddenly find the cost of their health benefit plans are too debilitating to maintain at the property tax levels that would be required).

jon1979 on November 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM

rogerb on November 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I don’t know how you do it, rogerb, but God bless you.

gwelf on November 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Now that the narrative has been set that this is an epic failure, these delays only hurt, not help, the progs. The benefit of the doubt will now fall towards it’s a disaster, so any uncertainty works against the law now. So when they push this past the election, all scare tactics will now work, while any promises made will sound empty.

Flange on November 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I’ve never been an impeachment guy.

But doesn’t it feel like Barry is trying to nudge us into that kind of debate?

As if he believes that ginning up impeachment talk will bring wayward Demmings back home.

The louder impeachment becomes, the more he can use it as a fear rattle, claiming that will be the entire agenda of the GOP if they overtake Congress.

I understand how Rush and company believes this is all a mad dash jam before the campaign cycles starts, but that means Barry has consigned himself to lame duck status and I think this guy will be in full operation until the day the next Prez is sworn in.

budfox on November 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Well don’t help them out by pointing out how pointless their ‘fixes’ are. Let them gloat on their “achievement”.

HotAirian on November 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Good grief! Are we becoming a banana republic? Just change the law by fiat and try and steal another election. Is the electorate that stupid to not see this? Don’t answer that…

major dad on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

‘Becoming’?

No.

Midas on November 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Priebus: ‘We Will ‘Tattoo Obamacare’ on Dems’ Foreheads
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Published on Nov 21, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyq2e1mSXxk
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Priebus: GOP to ‘tattoo’ Obamacare disaster on 2014 Democrats
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The Washington Times
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus vowed Thursday that his party will “tattoo” Obamacare on the foreheads of vulnerable Democrats going into next year’s midterm election cycle.

Mr. Priebus, speaking from RNC headquarters on Capitol Hill, said he invited a group of Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014 and select House Democrats to the news briefing so they could sing the Affordable Care Act’s praises from the podium.

The RNC purchased domain names for targeted Democrats like Sen. Mark L. Pryor of Arkansas — “PryorLovesObamaCare.com” — “that we would have gladly donated to the campaigns had they showed up,” according to the chairman.

“It looks like it’s just me this morning,” Mr. Priebus said.

The event was billed as the “We’re Running on Obamacare” news conference and underscores rising confidence among Republicans in the wake of the botched rollout of President Obama’s health law and rising popular discontent with provisions of the law that have resulted in millions of canceled health policies.

“They created this problem,” Mr. Priebus said. “They knew this would happen.”
(More…………………..)
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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/21/reince-priebus-gop-tattoo-obamacare-disaster-2014-/

canopfor on November 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Not to worry! I hear that King Barack the Magnificent is about to create a new cabinet position, Secretary of Happiness.

Harry Reid should have no problem having the new position confirmed.

GarandFan on November 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Good grief! Are we becoming a banana republic? Just change the law by fiat and try and steal another election. Is the electorate that stupid to not see this? Don’t answer that…

major dad on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

major dad: Hot d*mn, why yes, it started in 2008, er, 2009!

canopfor on November 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Oct 1, cancellation letters-does not change.

gerrym51 on November 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Good grief! Are we becoming a banana republic?

major dad on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

This is what they call a rhetorical question, right?

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Just how I like my family’s healthcare. Politicized. Are these people taking crazy pills?@!?!

NickelAndDime on November 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The IRS allows an extension, but most submit on time. This is absolute nothing burger as Ins Co.s will be ready to release their data. With the current protections of the Risk Corridor, there is nothing of concern to them– YET.

hillsoftx on November 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

This is a desperation move in more ways than one, and yet another example of the ignorance of private-sector strategic processes in the Obama administration.

-Ed Morrissey

Are trying to tell me that private enterprises don’t operate on magical thinking and speeches?

gwelf on November 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Pretty sure that in other countries, there would be a line of government bureaucrats lined up, forced to kneel in the snow, and shot for this kind of stuff.

We’re not quite there yet.

DarthBrooks on November 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Good grief! Are we becoming a banana republic?

major dad on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Si

rik on November 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

The madness goes up.

22044 on November 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

These guys are anarchists.

forest on November 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

That’ll just make it easier to do what needs to be done.

I think that Thomas Jefferson was the most insightful arborist in American history, if you know what I mean.

turfmann on November 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

we’re more comfortable with Obama wielding this sort of power because he seems a hell of a lot more effective and responsible with it.

urban elitist on February 8, 2012

-_-

Bishop on November 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

New edict from King Dogshanks: “Private companies will not be allowed to produce or even talk about a budget until after the elections.”

Bishop on November 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Don’t kid yourself, we now live in an Oligarchy. Laws no longer matter. Rules no longer matter. Your vote no longer matters.

BigGator5 on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

True that. Just wait until they really feel threatened. Then the DHS will start flexing their muscle. A guy with a machine-gun on every street asking white folks for their papers. Asking anyone else would be racist and profiling. This will of course be for our own good and the sad thing is that 90% of the people will agree.

Dr. Frank Enstine on November 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised if they found a way to delay the group policy holders cancellation letters by a month or two.

trapeze on November 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Is it actually possible there are citizens that don’t know what these charlatans are doing to them and the deceit they are practicing?

rplat on November 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

This is dumb on the part of the Democrats.

They need to go with a “take off the band-aid” principle at this point. Give everyone the pain now and get it over with. Lengthening the news cycle on this assures that it will continue to be in the news.

Chris of Rights on November 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Sorry, Barry, but we’re onto you. Insurance companies are, too. Well all get rate info by October. Leaks happen. I will know long before then if my company shoves me out to the exchange.

Philly on November 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

New edict from King Dogshanks: “Private companies will not be allowed to produce or even talk about a budget until after the elections.”

Bishop on November 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Ok, now *THAT* was some grade-A funny.

Midas on November 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

What we are really seeing is something more frightening: Fascism.

Let’s be honest here: obamacare is fascist. Not (yet) Nazism, because that coupled race and nationalism into fascism, but obamacare is just about the textbook definition of fascism.

We have private companies who have virtually no power except as dictated by the feds. Ask yourself this: when you go to Blue Cross and shop for a plan, who has had more input into that plan–Blue Cross, or Secretary Sebelius? Can Blue Cross change anything without her permission?

And remember that photo op the other day, with Obama sitting at the table with all the insurance company heads, as he “discussed” his “Fix”? In what capitalist world is that even possible? Not even defense contractors are this beholden to government.

Obamacare is right at home in Mussolini’s Italy. However, Mussolini at least got the trains to run on time. Surely Mussolini would have been able to get the website running.

If we are now fascist, can’t we at least be semi-competent at it? Fascist Germany managed to fight the entire world for 6 years. We can’t even get some html written.

Vanceone on November 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Is it actually possible there are citizens that don’t know what these charlatans are doing to them and the deceit they are practicing?

rplat on November 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Does ‘elections of 2012″ ring a bell?
Yes there are a lot of citizens that don’t know what’s going on, or they are OK with it. We have a banana republic government because we have a banana republic electorate.

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Is it actually possible there are citizens that don’t know what these charlatans are doing to them and the deceit they are practicing?

rplat on November 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Absolutely. At the height of F&F I mentioned it at a meeting. One of the VPs that seems to be a pretty hardcore con had no clue what I was talking about. The problem is that most people get their news from the MSM and the MSM is fully on the side of BO and his lackeys. It’s not that people are low information because they don’t care or understand. It’s because they rely on the MSM for their information. It seems like the MSM is jumping on the anti-BO bandwagon but I suspect it is just trying to become believable prior to the mid-terms. It’s the last few months before the mid-terms that they will start to toe the leftest line again. They can wait until then because things going on now will be long forgotten by the masses by then.

Dr. Frank Enstine on November 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

New edict from King Dogshanks: “Private companies will not be allowed to produce or even talk about a budget until after the elections.”

Bishop on November 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Ok, now *THAT* was some grade-A funny.

Midas on November 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I wouldn’t laugh too loud. Obama has been telling private companies what to do since day one, remember that car company? what was it called?…and it is not like he is not dictating insurance companies what to do now either.

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Businesses will begin the preparation to avoid the Obamacare disaster on their profits as early as June 2014 if not earlier… They will fire employees, or reduce their weekly hours below 30, or greatly reduce their benefits… Tens of millions of people will greatly suffer because of Obamacare long before the 2014 elections…

mnjg on November 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I wouldn’t laugh too loud. Obama has been telling private companies what to do since day one, remember that car company? what was it called?…and it is not like he is not dictating insurance companies what to do now either.

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

The vast majority of private companies do not give a f*** of what Obama says… They would not listen to a welfare queens agitator from Chicago playing President…

mnjg on November 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

The vast majority of private companies do not give a f*** of what Obama says… They would not listen to a welfare queens agitator from Chicago playing President…

mnjg on November 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Enough of them do. Seem to remember companies like Caterpillar delay layoffs until after Obama’s re-election, just to name one instance. As someone pointed out, he is a fascist thugh, that’s what fascists do.

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

This administration is nothing short of pure evil. Everything they do is to keep them in power, and screw the American people.

sadatoni on November 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Obama could announce another one-year delay in the employer mandate, to protect Dems in 2014. He’s already proven willing to “bend” Obamacare’s requirements for political reasons. The law is just whatever he says it is, after all.

mbs on November 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

“We just need to push it back one more month and everything will be fine.” -HHS Secretary Cruella DeVille

Akzed on November 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

This hokey decision has Valerie Jarrett all over it.

She is such a bizarre little woman, thinking we are also children like Obama.

Just a foolish woman we have as our President.

KirknBurker on November 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Or HHS could DEMAND that insurance companies no longer call them “cancellation notices” but “renewal notices” for much better care than what they were getting but, for a much larger price, coverage they don’t need, rainbows and skittles for everybody!

fbcmusicman on November 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Does ‘elections of 2012″ ring a bell?
Yes there are a lot of citizens that don’t know what’s going on, or they are OK with it. We have a banana republic government because we have a banana republic electorate.

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Most people really don’t want to think that hard about politics. I have conservative relatives who don’t follow the news closely, because they feel that there’s nothing they can do, and it’s just frustrating to hear about everything this administration gets away with. They vote conservative, but don’t know what else they can do. Sometimes I think they have the right idea. I’m mad all the time, but don’t know how to change anything, other than to keep voting.

mbs on November 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

This is a desperation move in more ways than one, and yet another example of the ignorance of private-sector strategic processes in the Obama administration.

You sound as if this should have some weight in determining federal policy.

A bit naive, don’t you think?

BobMbx on November 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Well, for once they’re living up to their claim to be “the most transparent administration in history.” You have to admit that this is pretty transparent.

Where are the liberal trolls telling us why this was necessary?

Chris of Rights on November 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

This is a desperation move in more ways than one, and yet another example of the ignorance of private-sector strategic processes in the Obama administration.

I’m sorry, Ed, but it’s not ‘yet another example of the ignorance of private-sector strategic processes in the Obama administration’.

Yes, the President and those around him have never had to operate or succeed in the private-sector. They pretty much are from academia where theory trumps reality – where the laws of economics, human nature, and physics can be ignored in order to make their theoretical vision ‘work’. But this isn’t based on ignorance. It’s based on their utter and complete contempt for the private-sector and their strategic processes.

Everything is about the agenda, the vision, and the political dynamics around enacting the agenda to achieve the jacobin authoritarian vision that they say is based on ‘fairness’ and ‘justice’.

They see our current system in the same light as they see the country… fundamentally broken, being unfair and unjust, and in need of being fixed by an ‘enlightened elite’ – themselves. The ends justifies any means that are needed to achieve them – including ignoring the Constitution and abusing the power they have.

Athos on November 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Alright then, enough of the bitching – what are you prepared to DO about it?

Midas on November 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Is it actually possible there are citizens that don’t know what these charlatans are doing to them and the deceit they are practicing?

rplat on November 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

The term “con man” is a contraction of “confidence man”, meaning the game is to gain the marks confidence and let him believe what you’re telling him. Only when then money and the promise are both gone does the mark realize whats happened.

The reason this is working for Obama is because Americans are being taught to have confidence in the government, and that corporations are evil.

BobMbx on November 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Dog Eater is simply drawing upon his vast business and executive experience in issuing these commands.

There’s really no difference between having a company delay important decisions by a month and delaying the start time of a Beyonce concert in the Rose Garden, everybody with a brain knows that.

Bishop on November 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

I see this administration buying votes by tweaking the exchanges so that more people will qualify for subsidies – even if only for a year. If you like your subsidy, you can keep your subsidy. Wink wink. Nudge nudge. Know what I mean?

Hill60 on November 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Obama could announce another one-year delay in the employer mandate, to protect Dems in 2014. He’s already proven willing to “bend” Obamacare’s requirements for political reasons. The law is just whatever he says it is, after all.

mbs on November 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

I fully expect this, frankly.

There’s no way they let that nuclear event occur before the 2014 election.

No way.

Midas on November 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Let’s all remember that a health care law that allows the HHS secretary and the president to unilaterally change things at will is obviously a Republican plan cooked up by the Heritage Foundation.

Kafir on November 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Goebbels orgasmed all over DC.

Plus this. Even the 11th century imbeciles laugh at DC.

Desperado. Unfortunately Americans, many, many, will die due to obama’care’.

Never call it any other.

Schadenfreude on November 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Enough of them do. Seem to remember companies like Caterpillar delay layoffs until after Obama’s re-election, just to name one instance. As someone pointed out, he is a fascist thugh, that’s what fascists do.

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Most of the businesses that will be hurt by Obamacare are small/medium businesses and there are tens of thousands of them… Obama can intimidate few CEO’s of very large companies but cannot do very little with tens of thousands of small business owners, there are a lot of them…

mnjg on November 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Everyone, be sure to point this out to all the peopel you know, including on facebook and twitter, that this is basically a roundabout way of admitting that it’s a disaster by making sure it doesn’t take effect (again) until after the midterm elections.

DethMetalCookieMonst on November 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Well, for once they’re living up to their claim to be “the most transparent administration in history.” You have to admit that this is pretty transparent.

Chris of Rights on November 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

You don’t think it is to allow insurers more time to set rates after assessing their plan experiences during 2014? Face it, you just don’t want Obama to succeed because he’s black! /

Seriously, this isn’t all that transparent. Unspoken but definitely part of the scheme is to strong arm insurers to wait until after the mid-terms to set rates. Between now and then there will be coercion, extortion, bribery, and whatever else they can think of to make 2015 go away until after the elections.

Happy Nomad on November 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

They vote conservative, but don’t know what else they can do. Sometimes I think they have the right idea. I’m mad all the time, but don’t know how to change anything, other than to keep voting.

mbs on November 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

You are right, there doesn’t seem to be much we can do other than voting and trying to educate people. Hard to do the education though, with the whole media, Hollywood, and public schools/universities working 24×7 in the other direction.

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

cannot = can…

mnjg on November 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

However, this misses the real risk for the White House, which isn’t in the individual market in 2015. The people in that market will have been battered all year with higher premiums and ridiculous deductibles, and another round of escalation in both will only have a limited shock value. The risk is in the employer-provided group market, where costs will either skyrocket or employees will get kicked out of their coverage and forced into the individual market. Those decisions will come in the late summer or early fall, as businesses have to prepare 2015 budgets in those time frames. By the time the standard October 1 open enrollment date hits for those consumers, the enormous impact of ObamaCare will be well known — even if they can’t access price information in the individual exchanges. When tens of millions of Americans get handed huge price increases or get pushed out of their group coverage altogether at that point, the outrage and political meltdown will dwarf whatever pricing changes take place in the individual markets.

I’m willing to bet the mortgage that Obama pushes the Employer Mandate off by another year. It’ll be announced no later than Spring.

It’s astonishing how transparent he is. Everything is a political move for him.

nukemhill on November 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Dog Eater is simply drawing upon his vast business and executive experience in issuing these commands.

Bishop on November 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

This is really the crux of the matter. No matter the situation. No matter the issue. No matter what. The lazy stupid one sees himself as the smartest guy in the room. He knows more than insurance industry experts about healthcare. He knows more than the Joint Chiefs about military issues. The collective wisdom of the State Department doesn’t match his understanding of international affairs (sadly, this one might be true).

He doesn’t need to have business experience, he went to Harvard!

Happy Nomad on November 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

We are now Venezuela.

Guess who is Chavez?

PattyJ on November 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

You are right, there doesn’t seem to be much we can do other than voting and trying to educate people. Hard to do the education though, with the whole media, Hollywood, and public schools/universities working 24×7 in the other direction.

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Elections are mostly shaped by events than anything else… The political junkies put too much emphasis on the “education of voters”… I think this “education of voters” is more to make the “educators” think that they are somehow relevant… Events will overwhelm everything… Obamacare is a super disastrous event that is effecting tens of millions of people and it is going to shape the 2014 elections very badly against the democrats…

mnjg on November 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I’m willing to bet the mortgage that Obama pushes the Employer Mandate off by another year. It’ll be announced no later than Spring.

It’s astonishing how transparent he is. Everything is a political move for him.

nukemhill on November 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

When are the Republicans start screaming from the rooftops that Obama keeps manipulating the implementation of laws passed by congress solely for political purposes? How can it be legal for a president to suspend or enact laws selectively to help political campaigns?

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

I’m willing to bet the mortgage that Obama pushes the Employer Mandate off by another year. It’ll be announced no later than Spring.

It’s astonishing how transparent he is. Everything is a political move for him.

nukemhill on November 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Juan Willams is one of the favored liberal journalists that got a special sit down with the lazy stupid one. Apparently, the administration is banking on the idea that if they get through another six to eight weeks they’re home free when it comes to getting Obamacare running and Americans thrilled with the whole program. All I can say to that- Hitler was moving armies around the defenses of Berlin up until the end too.

Happy Nomad on November 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Obama could announce another one-year delay in the employer mandate, to protect Dems in 2014. He’s already proven willing to “bend” Obamacare’s requirements for political reasons. The law is just whatever he says it is, after all.

mbs on November 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

I fully expect this, frankly.

There’s no way they let that nuclear event occur before the 2014 election.

No way.

Midas on November 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

As was pointed out yesterday, another delay in the employer mandate will actually make the problem worse for the Dems. Businesses won’t have to subsidize insurance and they won’t pay the fine.

txhsmom on November 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Since this is no surprise that it is politically motivated on behave of the Dems then this should be ammunition for all to use against them unbothered midterms.

jpcpt03 on November 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Elections are mostly shaped by events than anything else… The political junkies put too much emphasis on the “education of voters”… I think this “education of voters” is more to make the “educators” think that they are somehow relevant… Events will overwhelm everything… Obamacare is a super disastrous event that is effecting tens of millions of people and it is going to shape the 2014 elections very badly against the democrats…

mnjg on November 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I wouldn’t dismiss the mindset/quality/”education” (or whatever you want call it) of the electorate that easily. Yes events shape elections, but it is how the electorate reacts to those events that determines the outcome. Our electorate has changed tremendously in the last decades, more interested in what they will get from government than in the future of the country. We dismiss the importance of the make-up/education of the electorate at our own peril. We keep thinking we will fix the direction of this country with the next election. The Democrats think much more strategically and long term, the dumbning down of the electorate is not accidental for them. That is why their agenda has been trampling ours for a couple of generations now, that is why we elected an “American Idol” president, twice; and why we keep electing Harry Reid and Pelosi with majorities in congress.

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Now is the time for the hapless GOP to start the crisis coming drums and rightfully scare the blazes out of everyone. Nuclear options have changed the game of politics forever.
“It’s the law” as in dictatorships and with despotic kings, is not a phrase welcome to free men. Those who would use (abuse?) law to suppress people need to be exposed and called what they are.

Don L on November 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM

So are they fast tracking construction of the gulags?

Murphy9 on November 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Cowards. Completely incompetent cowards.

parke on November 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Alright then, enough of the b***hing – what are you prepared to DO about it?

Midas on November 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Our church staff learned that we were losing, for ever, the possibility to have our group insurance plan through the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce BCBS group! We are switching to a Christian Based Medi-Share for way less than what we were paying, way less out of pocket (Annual Household portion is $1,250 out of pocket) and 100% after that. We get a PHCS card and prescription discount.

This is for my family of three or more based on my age of 59:
Standard Monthly Share: $713
Healthy Monthly Share: $581.00 (If you are healthy)
Annual Household Portion: $1,250 (It is not called a deductible because it is NOT INSURANCE) (!00% afterwards)

It pays 100% after the Annual Household Portion.

This is the best of 7 options I get to choose from. I would consider this to be a platinum plan.

The cheapest option available for me is:
Standard Monthly Share: $347.00
Healthy Monthly Share:$267
Annual Household Portion: $10,000 (100% afterwards)

fbcmusicman on November 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Probably a smart move considering how stupid the Dem base is. They will be mollified with bread and circuses until right after they re-elect Caligula and then wham! They will be hit with a cluebat.

neyney on November 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

GOP should be out in front of the cameras claiming that this is nothing but a political move based on the Donks’ low opinion of the typical voter.

HiJack on November 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

The risk is in the employer-provided group market… Those decisions will come in the late summer or early fall, as businesses have to prepare 2015 budgets in those time frames.

One would have to be very naive to think Obummer & Kathy won’t delay the employer mandate past the midterms, too.

KS Rex on November 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

“You have to wait to find out whats in the bill”

BobMbx on November 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

How America, how? See the last picture and spread this around.

Schadenfreude on November 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

September 11, 2016:

Due to unexpected technical difficulties with touch-screen voting machines in Florida and Ohio, the Federal Elections Commission has announced that the elections scheduled for November 2 have been postponed until the voting machines have been repaired. No date has yet been announced for the makeup election, but President Barack Hussein Obama, out of the generosity of his magnanimous heart, will be proud to serve as your interim President until the elections can be held.

Steve Z on November 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Most.
Transparent.
Administration.
Ever.

socalcon on November 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

GOP should be out in front of the cameras claiming that this is nothing but a political move based on the Donks’ low opinion of the typical voter.

HiJack on November 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

McConnell is too busy telling everyone, when we win the senate, they’re going to give back the nuke.
I’m hoping when we win in 2014, McConnell will not be majority leader.

RovesChins on November 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

The risk is in the employer-provided group market, where costs will either skyrocket or employees will get kicked out of their coverage and forced into the individual market. Those decisions will come in the late summer or early fall, as businesses have to prepare 2015 budgets in those time frames.

No … they won’t.

As others have noted, this deadline will pushed back again.

Chisel that in stone.

Also, ALL insurers will be strictly prohibited from releasing ANY pricing data until AFTER the 2014 election.

The full force of the federal government will be placed upon those that violate.

Repeat stone chiseling here.

After blogging about this guy for more than five years, “someone” does not understand him yet.

Carnac on November 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

yet another example of the ignorance of private-sector strategic processes in the Obama administration.

Yup.

A one month delay will mean people will be getting their cancellation notices right before the midterms, bu might mean they won’t be able to shop for insurance through the exchanges until after the midterms.

So they won’t know if they can get insurance at all.

And it’s the employer insured people that will be getting the new cancellation notices next year.

talkingpoints on November 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

This is a desperation move in more ways than one, and yet another example of the ignorance of private-sector strategic processes in the Obama administration.

-Ed Morrissey

Are trying to tell me that private enterprises don’t operate on magical thinking and speeches?

gwelf on November 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Trying to change the subject?

itsspideyman on November 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM

However, this misses the real risk for the White House, which isn’t in the individual market in 2015.The people in that market will have been battered all year with higher premiums and ridiculous deductibles, and another round of escalation in both will only have a limited shock value. The risk is in the employer-provided group market, where costs will either skyrocket or employees will get kicked out of their coverage and forced into the individual market. Those decisions will come in the late summer or early fall, as businesses have to prepare 2015 budgets in those time frames. By the time the standard October 1 open enrollment date hits for those consumers, the enormous impact of ObamaCare will be well known — even if they can’t access price information in the individual exchanges. When tens of millions of Americans get handed huge price increases or get pushed out of their group coverage altogether at that point, the outrage and political meltdown will dwarf whatever pricing changes take place in the individual markets.

The open enrollment for our company next year will start on Election Day (Nov. 4), but 2015 rates will be available for view before that.

Ward Cleaver on November 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Don’t kid yourself, we now live in an Oligarchy. Laws no longer matter. Rules no longer matter. Your vote no longer matters.

BigGator5 on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

I’ve always felt that Chrysler was when the rule of law died.

Alana on November 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Most people really don’t want to think that hard about politics. I have conservative relatives who don’t follow the news closely, because they feel that there’s nothing they can do, and it’s just frustrating to hear about everything this administration gets away with. They vote conservative, but don’t know what else they can do. Sometimes I think they have the right idea. I’m mad all the time, but don’t know how to change anything, other than to keep voting.

mbs on November 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I experience the same with some of my family members. Some don’t want to hear the “bad” news. Since they are family, I tell them at least the top 3:-) Others that want to be active, I give the tools so they may do so.

It’s ok to be angry, digusted and at wits end:-) However, I’ll tell you what I do besides voting and what you and others can do.

Call your State Representative and your State Senator and let your position on any topic known. When you understand, they want to keep their seat in Congress ABOVE all else, you’ll know why they ask their Staff/Aides, “Did we get any phone calls on that”?

Since they are your Rep & Senator,you can also email them if you’d rather.

http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm

Just click on your State on the above site and everything you need is listed.

bluefox on November 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Is it actually possible there are citizens that don’t know what these charlatans are doing to them and the deceit they are practicing?

rplat on November 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

LIV: Shut up, I’m texting some lolz to my friends right now.

goflyers on November 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

This won’t work. There’s too many people like me to get the word out about these thugs. I’ll bet at least 5,000 people have already asked me who to vote for next November. Nobody with a D after their name. Again, this will not work.

tmgrant on November 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Regardless of what the W.H. does or date changes or what the Insurers do or don’t do, every American should know by now HOW TO VOTE in 2014 and thereafter.

More than enough has been revealed what this Administration is capable of; we don’t need any more evidence.

bluefox on November 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

This all seems like a no-brainer for the Republicans. When you run for election point out the numerous lies told about Obamacare, note how they postponed those lies being exposed until after the election, point out they postponed this, until after the election, and then tell people to vote what they believe with their lying eyes, because this administration, not the Democrat who represents them, will tell them the truth.

bflat879 on November 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

No!

You made this mess by yourselves. Now live by it.

“It’s the law of the land”

Either honor your law or repeal it. No lawlessness.

freedomfirst on November 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

If we just re-arrange the deck chairs the ship will stop sinking!

ajacksonian on November 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Standing on the trap door of the fact gallows, with U.S. real Americans with our hand on the release, so they lie bigger, faster, worse. It will not help.

They feel the noose, they see the judgement coming.

They in fact know U.S. thus the panicked fear we see in their eyes and actions.

They lie to obtain power, now they lie to hang themselves with the rope of lies they spun together.

Even if they keep this fake money printing going, keep taxing more, lying more commies into the judges jobs, and more fake Senators and House members, still yet on come the demon of the real History and his red angry eyes.

The Demon sits close to them now, sword held high, gleaming and sharp, sitting on the Huge Black Horse of Vengeance on they pair come, near now, the hot breath of the steed smoking, the anger, the truth comes, clop, clop, CLOP, CLOP….

Lies will not rescue them now.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 22, 2013 at 4:38 PM

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