Here we go: White House delays ObamaCare employer mandate for some small businesses until 2016

posted at 4:41 pm on February 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

The perfect complement to this morning’s post on immigration. The employer mandate was already delayed last year, of course, in order to spare Democrats some extra pain during O-Care’s extremely painful rollout. That wasn’t related to an imminent election, though; this new delay is. Obama unilaterally amnestized DREAMers two years ago for no better reason than that it helped his side in the 2012 election. Now he’s going to amnestize small businesses from his signature boondoggle for the same reason, to cover his team’s asses this fall.

According to the statute passed by Congress and signed by the president, businesses with 50 or more full-time employees are required by law to provide them with health insurance as of January 1, 2014. But the law doesn’t matter:

Employers with fewer than 100 workers won’t have to provide health insurance until 2016 under Obamacare, as the administration said it would again delay a key requirement of the health law.

Larger firms have to cover at least 70 percent of the workforce starting next year, the Internal Revenue Service said in a rule issued today.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act envisioned as a cornerstone of its expansion of U.S. insurance coverage that employers with 50 or more workers would be required to provide health benefits to their employees. Under pressure from business groups, the Obama administration has weakened that requirement since July, first by delaying enforcement of the mandate until 2015. Many firms will have even more time under the regulation issued today…

The rule provides employers far more flexibility than allowed by the language of the health law, which levies fines of as much as $3,000 per worker against firms that don’t comply with the requirement.

Three points. One: It’ll be a stump-speech staple for every Republican running in 2016 that he intends to delay ObamaCare indefinitely, root and branch, if elected. Obama’s now set the precedent that he can suspend parts of the law simply because he finds them politically inconvenient. That precedent will be built upon. Two: The GOP might sue to force him to enforce the mandate, although the politics of that are tricky. No one likes the mandate, especially Republicans’ benefactors in the business lobby. Successfully suing O over this, even if it’s for the noble constitutional purpose of compelling the president to faithfully execute the law, would mean making ObamaCare even more onerous than it is. Good for rolling back executive overreach, not so good for the economy.

Three: This should be it for immigration reform. If Obama’s answer to Boehner’s “we don’t trust you” charge is to double down on one of his most egregious executive power grabs, there’s no way Republicans will trust him on border security now. And of course O knows it, which makes me think he’s already decided to compound this illegal action with some sort of unilateral mass amnesty by executive order later this year or next. There’s no going back.

Exit question via Karl: “Unexpected”?

Update: Bingo.

Ezra Klein should start working on the inevitable “Why Obama’s unilateral suspensions of the law were okay but this new president’s aren’t” post for 2017. He can always shelve it if Hillary wins.


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no worries…welcome to HA :)

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Thanks. When does a noob lose his noobhood?

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

check out the libs on wapo about this…delusional…

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

next obama open thread :)

*clink*

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Thanks. When does a noob lose his noobhood?

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

After he slays his first lib (rhetorically of course). THIS IS SPARTA!!!! LOL.

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

check out the libs on wapo about this…delusional…

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

In the USN I worked 8 1/2 years in the mental health field. I don’t need to expose myself to anymore mental illness than absolutely necessary. I gave at the office. I’ll pass.

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

good call

thank you!

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM

After he slays his first lib (rhetorically of course). THIS IS SPARTA!!!! LOL.

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

It’s too easy. You kick the crap out of them, but like zombies they don’t stay dead. They keep coming back. They have no shame or sense of embarrassment. They ignore your questions. Your points go over their heads and they go right on babbling nonsense.

It’s like beating up on a two year old.

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

I call it a case of very poorly timed damage control. Too much water under the bridge now, but you keep trying Barky.

kozanne on February 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

heh

you’re going to fit in just fine :)

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

As a Buckeye I’m supposed to dislike you, but I find that hard to do when you make so much sense! :-)

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Remember when the very thought of delaying Obamacare was the handiwork of Beelzebub himself? Waaaaaaay back in say….. October 2013? Odd how we don’t hear about any of that anymore. Very odd.

Perhaps one of wise, enlightened trolls can educate us?

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Congratulations to those who voted for Obama who happen to work at companies employing roughly ~110 employees. What the rest of us can see coming next from a mile away will likely come as a shock to you…

CapnObvious on February 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

As a Buckeye I’m supposed to dislike you, but I find that hard to do when you make so much sense! :-)

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I have a sister that teaches school just outside of Akron. She hates the week of the OSU-UM game. By the time the Wolverines get their annual beat down, she’s had enough, however, she got the last laugh this year when MSU KICKED OSUs KEISTER!!!!

Luckily, we got two shots at ya.

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

GOP of course will do nothing to stop this lawlessness. Can the President also suspend election laws? What about entire constitutional amendments? Dear Leader must be stopped.

mumbojumbo on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I’d like it from them too.

CapnObvious on February 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

It would probably end up like one of those political ads I see recently involving the shocked Obama voter (Being shocked that health care isn’t…free..and also expensive. OMG!) And just as with that commercial, I’ll tell them to suck it up. Enjoy the fallout you unwittingly brought upon yourselves, Obama voters! Hope and change baby!

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

mumbojumbo on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Sadly, that probably wouldn’t elicit a response from them either. Sometimes, I wonder if the opposition is even awake when they go into their meetings, or they just do the funky chicken before they announce their “agreements *cough*surrender*cough*”

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Great precedents being set.

It’ll be a lot of fun watching the next Conservative President unilaterally suspending ObamaCare entirely for the eight years of their Presidency.

RJL on February 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

RJL on February 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Sadly, unlike the Quislings on our side, they will be sure to make a ruckus of it and challenge the constitutionality of such a move. They’ll jump the second a conservative does what they do without question…they are shameless.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Great precedents being set.

It’ll be a lot of fun watching the next Conservative President unilaterally suspending ObamaCare entirely for the eight years of their Presidency.

RJL on February 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Yeah, by then the MSM will have rebranded Hillary as a conservative and she WILL suspend Obamacare… in favor of single payer. That’s what COULD happen… my crystal ball is still a little fuzzy on details… :-

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Doh! Cut off my smiley face! :-)

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Luckily, we got two shots at ya.

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Also lucky we choke when the pressure is on. :-) Odd, I seem to be smiling a lot tonight… somebody must have put alcohol in my vodka!

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 10:09 PM

This means that immigration will not be passed in 2014, chamber of commerce and other businesses were counting on the exemption that Obama care gives to illegal, undocumented, or people without legal documentation to work without having to be covered by insurance or mandated to buy it.

BelleStarre on February 10, 2014 at 10:10 PM

This bullsh1t reminds me of a Simon and Garfunkel song… “Scarborough Fair”….. an awesome one, in case you want my opinion. On top it’s almost a tune about a Renaissance Fair…. the counter-melody (in parentheses) is decidedly different. Just like the horsesh1t of Obamacare, or anything else this piece of crap of a President says or does……..

Between salt water and the sea strands
(A soldier cleans and polishes a gun).
Then she’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather
(War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions).
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
(Generals order their soldiers to kill).
And gather it all in a bunch of heather
(And to fight for a cause they’ve long ago forgotten).
Then she’ll be a true love of mine…..

Fathom on February 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I’m holding out a very small glimmer of hope that if the GOP expands their house seats and takes the senate in Nov./2014 we will begin to start impeachment proceedings.
OK, maybe will effectively neuter this wannabe despot until he’s gone in 2016.
OK, most likely we’ll just give him a stern talking to and be done with.
OK, we’ll probably let his punk arse run rough shot over us until Queen HillSkank receives her crown.

StubbornGreenBurros on February 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Oh no!!! Isn’t he consigning the poor employees of those companies to another year of “job lock?” Where is King Barack’s compassion? He is removing the “liberation” they were anticipating. Those poor employees will not have the freedom to spend more time with their families for another year.
Is King Barack WAGING A WAR ON WORKERS?

NixTyranny on February 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Fathom on February 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Good ear, Fathom! Simon and Garfunkel – Scarborough Fair/Canticle – with lyrics

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I like most of the new people!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Actually the GOP depends on getting bitch slapped
at least twice a week over ocare .
What else do they exist for ?

Lucano on February 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Before we forget, Happy 50th to the person who has moved the conservative movement in the last 20 years more than anyone else. Could be first volley of 2016

ConservativePartyNow on February 10, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Old and Busted: Employers who don’t provide health care are evil!

New Hotness: Employer health care is a job trap!

xuyee on February 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

So when will McConnell and Boehner come out and challenge this? Oh that’s right, never.

The republican party as it now exists functions as a release valve for conservative anger. They tamp down conservative enthusiasm every opportunity they get. They fight conservative politicians when they get uppity. They stab conservatives in the back when they can get away with it. And when Democrats fight them, they pee their pants.

NWConservative on February 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

The only good thing in all this is Obama is so inept that he could never be a dictator. He is doing power grabs to prevent a law named after him that he demanded congress pass from being enforced.

It is comical…

So if he does do a EO for amnesty, his government is so inept they will never be able to actually process the people wanting citizenship.

Thank god the Soviets are not around anymore, they would have won the cold war with this dimwit in power with a massive first strike.

William Eaton on February 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Thank god the Soviets are not around anymore, they would have won the cold war with this dimwit in power with a massive first strike.

William Eaton on February 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Cuban Missile Crisis….red-line…

Obama: On second thought…

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

I fear there will never be another conservative president and I also fear obamma won’t give up power in 2016. He may be in for life!

garydt on February 11, 2014 at 12:35 AM

So, this ultimately means a Republican president can just unilaterally delay the entire law when he or she steps into office. Amirite?

BobSagetsRevenge on February 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM

So the bomb has a delayed fuse, gotcha

Pegcity on February 11, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Either they get rid of it all together or they just point out what Obama is doing. Don’t sue.

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Obamacare 8.0. It’s the law of the land. Subject to change without prior notice

Brock Robamney on February 11, 2014 at 5:48 AM

So, this ultimately means a Republican president can just unilaterally delay the entire law when he or she steps into office. Amirite?
BobSagetsRevenge on February 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Why not? There is precedence. If the Republican president is not a Boener, he can respond to any pushback saying that it has been done many times before, it is nothing new, so I am declaring it to be unenforceable. It is only one executive order, so get a grip

Brock Robamney on February 11, 2014 at 5:53 AM

It’s the law of the land; I can break it because I am king!

“I can do whatever I want,” said Obama.

mountainaires on February 11, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Say, for a ‘signature piece of legislation’ with his name on it, he sure doesn’t like enforcing the thing.

ajacksonian on February 11, 2014 at 7:07 AM

The best law EVAH never to be implemented.

stop2think on February 11, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Frankly with these illogical policies I do feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland. But the Tea Party members aren’t the crazy people.

PriscillaMS on February 11, 2014 at 7:38 AM

I suspect in 2016, they’ll kick it into 2017 to clear the path for Billary.

Conservative2theCore on February 11, 2014 at 8:01 AM

So isn’t Obama doing what Cruz wanted when he filibustered? Wasn’t Cruz demonized by the Left?

So, it turns out that Cruz was right. How do Lefties wrap their head around this?

tobes on February 11, 2014 at 8:12 AM

I like most of the new people!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Yeah…not bad…

PatriotRider on February 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Happy Birthday, SARAH PALIN!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwgNl5MEMrY

Pork-Chop on February 11, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Forget single payer, at this rate Obama could just order that people fully qualify for subsidies up to $200,000 in income and no one would apparently stop him.

airupthere on February 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM

So, it turns out that Cruz was right. How do Lefties wrap their head around this?
tobes on February 11, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Easy. Their criticisms of Cruz are not based on his policies/positions. They believe we should be ruled by men and not laws. They dislike him personally and vehemently object to a Harvard educated conservative. They can’t wrap their minds around that fact, so they lash out with personal attacks.

airupthere on February 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I like most of the new people!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

I am pretty awesome

307wolverine on February 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

In the USN I worked 8 1/2 years in the mental health field. I don’t need to expose myself to anymore mental illness than absolutely necessary. I gave at the office. I’ll pass.

307wolverine on February 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Best advice I’ve seen in a long time – thanks!

GOP of course will do nothing to stop this lawlessness. Can the President also suspend election laws? What about entire constitutional amendments? Dear Leader must be stopped.

mumbojumbo on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Will anything they do have teeth until they re-take the Senate? Thank the stupid voters who can’t see what their reward will be.

Shay on February 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM

This delay is the United States’ fault because its racist founding documents insist on us holding elections for national office every two and four years.

brentspolemics on February 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Er, um…..haven’t read through the rest of the comments but-

With his latest trashing of the constitution, didn’t earflaps mcspendypants just do what he was excoriating the GOP for proposing back in September?

That is, the GOP wanted to push this steaming smelly piece of legislation back until it actually got thought through, instead of blindly and stupidly shoving it down America’s collective throats.

Funny how none of the “intelligent” droids in the kneepad media haven’t made that connection.

GrassMudHorsey on February 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM

At this point, hasn’t this law has become unconstitutional as-applied regardless of the outcome of its facial challenge in SCOTUS?

Droopy on February 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM

earflaps mcspendypants

GrassMudHorsey on February 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I love that nickname. Awesome.

brentspolemics on February 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

GOP of course will do nothing to stop this lawlessness. Can the President also suspend election laws? What about entire constitutional amendments? Dear Leader must be stopped.

mumbojumbo on February 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I agree, but how?

The non-violent way would be to vote in a new conservative Congress consisting of people with balls. And in 2016, the same for POTUS.

That’s a pipe dream. The next best thing is to vote for whoever runs, as long as he/she is anti-O and HRC.

The numbers have to be huge, to counteract voter fraud. Any right-minded citizen who fails to vote in these two elections I waould classify as Traitor.

If this fails, we all know the alternative.

I am a former registered Republican–I’m sick of them!

EL on February 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Click and scroll down for best photo shop of presidential approval date:

https://twitter.com/slublog/

Hucklebuck on February 11, 2014 at 3:12 PM

ANOTHER Constitutional Violation (2,500 & counting with Obamacare alone…

ANOTHER Constitutional Violation that will go un-challenged by a GOP / Congress who swore an oath on the Bible to protect and defend the Rule of law and Constitution…

ANOTHER example how Obama has kept his promise to ‘FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE’ the United States…into his own personal Socialist ‘Bannanna Republic’…

…will the last American out please bring the flag?!

easyt65 on February 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

The rule provides employers far more flexibility than allowed by the language of the health law…

formally known as: “the law”.

Why isn’t some liberal employee of one of these companies not suing Obama for denying him the patient protection and affordable care the law says he has a right to? Protection delayed is protection denied, and all that.

Socratease on February 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

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