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.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4

Selective enforcement of the law by this administration seems to be the rule rather than the exception something specifically prohibited under the 514th amendment.

Me and numbers are not getting along today. *sigh*

yaedon on February 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Whether he does so, conscious and under his own power, is entirely up to him.

But leave, he will.

Eric in Hollywood on February 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Amen brother. On every level interpretable, Amen.

captnjoe on February 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

The lib posters on political are giddy about this….they think this will hurt the gop chances in q
14 and 16…..Obama took their talking point away

Seriously

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Msdnc and CNN to defend this in 5….4….3

Politico already has Obama’s back on this

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Obama has turned his signature law into a game of Jenga.

pwrefugee on February 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Everything is awesome, when you’re living out a dream.

WisRich on February 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

22044 on February 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

They’re busy licking their wounds. Or something. ; )

Bmore on February 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM

This is dangerous as hell.

forest on February 10, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Come, now. That’s a bit of hyperbole.

Maybe: this is as dangerous as Nero?

yaedon on February 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM

The limits to President Walker’s E.O.’s are limited only by his dreams. the courts that Obama and Reid are packing with elimination of the filibuster for judicial nominees/

aquaviva on February 10, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Modified

kcewa on February 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Hmmm…so if the employees of these companies don’t have health insurance then THEY have to pay the penalties…but not the company. Wondered which way he’d get around this crap without the wholesale cancellations in the fall.

merleliz on February 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

I don’t know why the Dems needed over 2000 pages to write this law. They could have written it on etch-a-sketch.

fogw on February 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

It won’t matter.

This shows once again that this regime does not understand how businesses work, make decisions or plan their future. The private sector is always and everywhere a forward-thinking, meticulously planning part of our economic system.

The organizations subject to the mandate in 2015 have already made their plans. The organizations subject to it in 2016 also have made their plans, but might wait before dropping the news on their employees. They might not. They might go ahead and take the hit this year and let the chips fall where they may.

Meanwhile, insurers who got suckered in and were planning on tens of millions of new customers just saw… tens of millions of new customers disappear in the stroke of a pen. How long is that gonna last, sports fans?

The proverbial s89t is still gonna hit the fan before the mid-terms, and there’s not a damned thing King O can do about it.

Conservative Mischief on February 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

So the Line Item Vito lives.. who would have known…

GldnStateTxPyr on February 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Given that this ruling is from the IRS and that it is overtly political, doesn’t that make the IRS an arm of the Democratic political machine? And if so, then why would anyone make the argument that that wasn’t the case re: Lois Lerner?

BKeyser on February 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Not really surprised by this at all. Saw it coming from a mile away. He did it before with the law, why would he cease to do it now, especially with the fallout that Democrats would get this fall as employer plans go out the window? It’s not like he gets any pushback from doing anyways, with the ever lapdog media and the passive GOP. The problem is with regard to the implementation already in place. There are still regulators across the states, as well as questions about legality, that could still hamper this as it is ironed out. Also, if you are someone on the fence about signing up, what does this lead you to think? If the law can be moved on a whim by on high without debate, what does that do for the apparent strength of the law, or the drive to even enroll? Numbers coming in are still questionable, even from the first delays, so there is no indication, at least as of now, that this will be any different. Simply a kicking of the can down the road to be dealt with another day.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Veto

GldnStateTxPyr on February 10, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The lib posters on political are giddy about this….they think this will hurt the gop chances in q
14 and 16…..Obama took their talking point away

Seriously

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Well that is what health care has been turned into…political gamemanship. “Who cares how many people suffer from questions of care, as long as we win!”

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:29 PM

This law clearly violates equal protection protections in application. It should be invalidated in its entirety. Maybe John “dumb as a sack of rocks” Roberts will get his head out of his ass long enough this time to get some oxygen to his pea brain and figure it out.

besser tot als rot on February 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Please ignore this minor matter and continue with the Michael Sam discussion. The President thanks you.

kcewa on February 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Hate to say “I told ya so”, but…

Ok, GOP – still banking that Obamacare is going to be so horrific come election time that you can bank it, and do crap like amnesty, yield on the debt ceiling, spit in the face of the base, etc – and your base will still flock to you while an Obamacare-demoralized Dem base stays at home?

Well, you may be right, but then again… Obama can and will simply do whatever it takes to make sure that Obamacare pain does *NOT* pan out the way *you* want it to come November. You *might* consider building your gameplan accordingly.

Ever hear the admonitions about ‘counting chicks before they hatch’ and ‘all your eggs in one basket’?

Midas on February 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Next up: “I am suspending the enforcement of the 22nd Amendment…. until 2017.”

IMPEACH

Spurius Ligustinus on February 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

There is a major difference between delaying it for all employers and now singleing out smaller employers for an extended exemption. Fairness and standing.

I would envision a larger employer filing a lawsuit because of comeptitors who are smaller not having to comply with the law.

I am no legal expert, but it appears to me that larger employers would certainly have standing to file lawsuits against the Federal Government and their smaller competitors. The question is whether or not the court cases would make it through the judicial system by 2016. The Supreme Court would hopefully take that into consideration and fast track consideration of it.

airupthere on February 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Please ignore this minor matter and continue with the Michael Sam discussion. The President thanks you.

kcewa on February 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Heh. Exactly. Bread and circuses gay parades.

Kataklysmic on February 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

This law clearly violates equal protection protections in application. It should be invalidated in its entirety. Maybe John “dumb as a sack of rocks” Roberts will get his head out of his ass long enough this time to get some oxygen to his pea brain and figure it out.

besser tot als rot on February 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

If he does, he’ll promptly get a friendly call from someone over at Justice or the NSA reminding him of why he voted the way they wanted him to the first time.

Midas on February 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

If I’m an employer with 100 or more employees I’m suing immediately.

NotCoach on February 10, 2014 at 4:56 PM

..or lay off everyone until I get down to 99 employees.

The War Planner on February 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

And he is laughing his ass off because he knows nobody will do a damn thing.

oldroy on February 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Obama is indeed a small thinking limited executive power man. But the issue is the rates will be set in stone regardless of what action he takes.

sorrowen on February 10, 2014 at 5:36 PM

This: from the press pool traveling with Obama

10th February 2014 from TwitLonger

Subject: Travel pool #4

Monticello

At 4:45 POTUS and president Hollande walked out from a portico and strolled in Front of your pool with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation. Looking at a terrace she said that Jefferson loved to admire the landscape from there. POTUS said that he’d like to take a look and seemed delighted to “break the protocol”.
“That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want” he quipped, walking to the terrace with his guest and Ms. Bowman. Pool now in the mansion as the leaders will come and visit Jefferson’s study.

kcewa on February 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

I am no legal expert, but it appears to me that larger employers would certainly have standing to file lawsuits against the Federal Government and their smaller competitors. The question is whether or not the court cases would make it through the judicial system by 2016. The Supreme Court would hopefully take that into consideration and fast track consideration of it.

airupthere on February 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

That would be a good step. Hopefully they have the courage to do it. It would be a good case. In the meantime, the GOP would have to come up with some plan leading up to the midterms with regard to the harm that the law will cause. They can’t simply bank on letting the chips fall where they may. The positive on their side is that much harm has already been done and has been covered regarding the rollout to work off of, but they will have to get cracking.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

This law clearly violates equal protection protections in application. It should be invalidated in its entirety. Maybe John “dumb as a sack of rocks” Roberts will get his head out of his ass long enough this time to get some oxygen to his pea brain and figure it out.

besser tot als rot on February 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

As I recall, there was no severability clause in the original law. The trick is getting SCOTUS

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Obama is indeed a small thinking limited executive power man. But the issue is the rates will be set in stone regardless of what action he takes.

sorrowen on February 10, 2014 at 5:36 PM

True, so even with this step…the damage will continue, just with no attempt at dealing with it for far longer.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Turns out President Obama is more successful at derailing Obamacare than the Republicans ever were. They told us in 2012 if we voted for Mitt Romney then the economy would be in shambles and Obamacare would be in jeopardy and they were right!

Lamont Cranston on February 10, 2014 at 5:40 PM

This law clearly violates equal protection protections in application. It should be invalidated in its entirety. Maybe John “dumb as a sack of rocks” Roberts will get his head out of his ass long enough this time to get some oxygen to his pea brain and figure it out.

besser tot als rot on February 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

As I recall, there was no severability clause in the original law. The trick is getting SCOTUS

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

As I was saying, the trick is to get the ideologues to finally acknowledge the LAW and strike down this abomination instead of putting off the inevitable. Maybe the lawsuits by the Little Sisters of the Poor, Hobby Lobby, et al, will be able to break through the Bader-Ginsberg/Kagan faction of SCOTUS.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM

It’s.The.Law.

LeeBelieu on February 10, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Yepper zac

cmsinaz on February 10, 2014 at 5:42 PM

It’s just his executive power of pen and phone is small ball. It’s as useless as his attempt to delay it past the elections past November and that turned out to also be useless.

sorrowen on February 10, 2014 at 5:42 PM

The ‘law’ is the ‘law’, only when King Barack the Magnificent says it is!

GarandFan on February 10, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Oct 29, 2011:

“Where Congress won’t act, I will.” -President Obama

We have certainly come a long way since then. Obama refuses to engage Congress in changing his signature law, while simultaneously lambasting them for obstruction.

airupthere on February 10, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I am no legal expert, but it appears to me that larger employers would certainly have standing to file lawsuits against the Federal Government and their smaller competitors. The question is whether or not the court cases would make it through the judicial system by 2016. The Supreme Court would hopefully take that into consideration and fast track consideration of it.

airupthere on February 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Will the gloves come off once the larger corporations and their unions get involved?

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

As I was saying, the trick is to get the ideologues to finally acknowledge the LAW and strike down this abomination instead of putting off the inevitable. Maybe the lawsuits by the Little Sisters of the Poor, Hobby Lobby, et al, will be able to break through the Bader-Ginsberg/Kagan faction of SCOTUS.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM

That side will always vote for Obamacare, count on it. The person to watch is Roberts.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

It’s.The.Law.

LeeBelieu on February 10, 2014 at 5:42 PM

So’s. The. Second. Amendment.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

That side will always vote for Obamacare, count on it. The person to watch is Roberts.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Justice Kennedy is more of the wild card, but yes, CJ Roberts would bear watching.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The GOP might sue to force him to enforce the mandate, although the politics of that are tricky.

No. no. no. no. no.

You got that backwards.

You need to get people who are already forced to buy insurance under the mandate and get them to sue citing unequal protection.

Get the mandate dropped for everyone.

PackerBronco on February 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Obamacare has already crashed and is burning off the train track. Obama is not even trying to keep it alfloat anymore it’s math stopped working the day it was passed now it’s just a massive liberal nightmare that never stops.

sorrowen on February 10, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Oh yes, he does tend to be it, but I feel those cases will have him in line with the more conservative judges, most likely. I do remember him being miffed at Roberts changing his stance in the Sebellius ruling, so perhaps this will be more impetus? We shall see.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM

No. no. no. no. no.

You got that backwards.

You need to get people who are already forced to buy insurance under the mandate and get them to sue citing unequal protection.

Get the mandate dropped for everyone.

PackerBronco on February 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Better luck on that will be once the non-purchase penalty tax comes into play, I would think, after so many smaller companies DID get hit with cancellations/changes. I could be wrong, though.

Then again, zero’s still trying to play around with getting people back on/retaining their “shoddy” cancelled insurance policies–but very very few (if any) of the insurance companies are biting.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Obama just threw gasoline on the train wreck now it’s a inferno of liberal dreams going up in smoke.

sorrowen on February 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Someone with “standing” will sue, no doubt about it. Especially given that this has stretched from 50 to 100 person size employers. A number of industries run in the $1M to $2M per employee, so you’re talking companies with revenues that could easily be above $100M. No “big” company misses taking a $100M+ competitor seriously. The cry of “unfair regulatory competition” will be hitting courtroom near everyone soon, and the admin will have to enforce, or delay for all.

twgriff on February 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

This lawless president strikes again. What will the republicans do about it? Absolutely nothing!!

sadsushi on February 10, 2014 at 5:54 PM

This so-called law being implemented literally by the seat of Obama’s pants – a pair of very soiled pants.

We’re watching the unfolding of America as a Banana Republic – and it ain’t pretty.

TarheelBen on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I have a bottle of chocolate wine (don’t ask) that’s waiting for a special occasion for suitable consumption.

The now five-year-old bottle of Andre Champagne is for when HRH King Barack I leaves the People’s House permanently, though ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Turns out President Obama is more successful at derailing Obamacare than the Republicans ever were. They told us in 2012 if we voted for Mitt Romney then the economy would be in shambles and Obamacare would be in jeopardy and they were right!

Lamont Cranston on February 10, 2014 at 5:40 PM

This is something that I have pondered for quite awhile.

Imagine the cries for blood had Romney been elected in 2012 and everything with Obamacare had played out exactly the same as it has.

What would the media have said about Romney had the website had the same issues?

What would Nancy Pelosi be saying about Romney had he unilaterally said he was delaying the employer mandate?

What would Harry Reid have said about Romney if he had told insurers they could continue to offer non-compliant plans?

I actually believe Romney would have seen the issues a mile away and asked Congress to delay the entire thing (or through an EO like he promised). I think he is an efficient enough manager that we would not be having near the issues we are with Obama in office leading Obamacare.

It is a sad state of affairs when I realize that Mitt Romney would have been better for Obamacare than Obama.

The Conservative position has been that this is a crap law. We would have said the same thing regardless of the President.

However; the left cannot say that their position on Obamacare has remained consistent.

airupthere on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

i can’t wait until a republican prez erases/rewrites/ignores obamacare in 2017. i can’t wait to hear the liberals get mad that the new pres is not enforcing the law. hahahahaha

Sachiko on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

When that happens, I will toast mine up in the air as a motion ;) Afterwards though, there is a lot of cleaning up to do.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

His lawlessness is kind of his own do in he is alienating more people then helping them.

sorrowen on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

ted cruz wanted to delay obamacare. looks like obama agrees with cruz. cool =D

Sachiko on February 10, 2014 at 5:56 PM

kcewa on February 10, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Spoken like the inner spoiled eight-year-old brat he is…

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Can Sandra Fluke still screw her brains out with free contraception???…

PatriotRider on February 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Heh, yes. That’s still the law and they’re taking that one all the way to the Supreme Court. They want to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to hand out free condoms.

TarheelBen on February 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I still think this is small ball by a lame duck seeking relevance.

sorrowen on February 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Mopping up the flood of Dashed Liberal Dreams Tears will be the most satisfying part.

Oooh! I should get more sham-wows for that!

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Be careful, after he’s gone, the President will have to make speeches about something. Infomercial…here he comes!

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

This so-called law being implemented literally by the seat of Obama’s pants – a pair of very soiled pants.

TarheelBen on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Lemme guess…the brown ones, right?

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

He better leave my sham-wows alone! After all this time, Vince has grown on me.

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Someone with “standing” will sue, no doubt about it. Especially given that this has stretched from 50 to 100 person size employers. A number of industries run in the $1M to $2M per employee, so you’re talking companies with revenues that could easily be above $100M. No “big” company misses taking a $100M+ competitor seriously. The cry of “unfair regulatory competition” will be hitting courtroom near everyone soon, and the admin will have to enforce, or delay for all.

twgriff on February 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Bingo.
The same thing happened with one of the Greenhouse Gas cases. It was thrown out because none of the litigants could actually prove damages because businesses either weren’t involved or it was a business who was actually exempted due to the Tailoring Rule (I honestly can’t remember if it was one or both of those scenarios).

It would be difficult, but not impossible, to find an employer impacted by the greenhouse gas regs when their competition isn’t. Most of the affected facilities are industrial and power-plants, likley all being regulated.

It will be far easier for any companies to do this on Obamacare since it is tied directly to the number of employees. We could have anywhere from restaraunts to box stores. Think of Wal-mart filing a lawsuit against your local mom and pop outfit. Think of Olive Garden and Red Lobster filing a lawsuit against local restaurants.

There are a million different situations where they can challenge this precisely because the only discriminating factor is the number of employees.

airupthere on February 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

It’s hard to believe there is not one person, insurance commissioner, insurer, or company that is not adversely affected by these presidential decrees. Why has nobody filed a declaratory judgment in federal court? It a simple issue: “Your Honor, should I follow the PPACA as written or the President’s press release?”

There is a “conspiracy” to obey these decrees. The participating insurers are getting bailed out; the employers and employees don’t want Obamacare ever; and the insurance commissioners don’t want to be the bad guys.

So, decree on Mr. President.

casel21 on February 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

If the Repukes in the GOP won’t do anything to stop him, Obamism may as well be King or Dictator. Like Obama said today, “That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want.”

If no one takes the necessary steps to stop him, I guess he can.

Left_is_Wrong on February 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

So far his orders have made choas not sense…

sorrowen on February 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Where are all our new (D) posters?

rogerb on February 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

So far his orders have made choas not sense…

sorrowen on February 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

That’s what happens when you make bullies hall monitors…

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

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.

“It’s good to be King Caesar,” boasts Little Boots Obama “Now let’s choom!”

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I understand that there’s no amount of lawlessness that the D caucus won’t abide from this president, but at some point you have to hold the impeachment vote, just to get on the record.

crrr6 on February 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Left_is_Wrong on February 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

That’s what an ineffectual Congress gives us unfortunately. There have been attempts, but those of the GOP have been hardpressed to play the political game in an effective way to hammer him, effectively neutering themselves. If there is one thing that the President has done well for himself, and it pains me to say it, is that he knows how to play the political game…not to produce effective legislative and national change mind you, but simply to protect his executive posterior.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

The GOP response “This is not the hill to die on.”

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I understand that there’s no amount of lawlessness that the D caucus won’t abide from this president, but at some point you have to hold the impeachment vote, just to get on the record.

crrr6 on February 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I understand that there’s no amount of lawlessness that the D caucus and the GOP won’t abide from this president, but at some point you have to hold the impeachment vote, just to get on the record.

FIFY

And I’ll add that the GOP is too scared and shriveled up to even dare to utter the “I” word, let alone start along that path.

Left_is_Wrong on February 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

This was a done deal after plummeting #s for both O’care and Obama. It was just a matter of timing–they were looking for a Siamese twin squirrel–they got it, Olympics and Michael Sam….

hillsoftx on February 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

i can’t wait until a republican prez erases/rewrites/ignores obamacare in 2017. i can’t wait to hear the liberals get mad that the new pres is not enforcing the law. hahahahaha

Sachiko on February 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

What will be even more amusing is Barry’s response, whining about racism, given from the newly formed “Office of the President Emeritus,” complete with a podium decorated with an 0-shaped logo.

CurtZHP on February 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Obama Obduracy.

Fleuries on February 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Can Sandra Fluke still screw her brains out with free contraception???…

PatriotRider on February 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Brains? What brains?

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

The ACA law is whatever King Obama says it is? There has to be a law against this.

SC.Charlie on February 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I think companies with 101 employees might have standing to sue for a delay for themselves too.

Fleuries on February 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

CurtZHP on February 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Knowing him, he will probably strive to be the most aggressive Ex-President in history. The guy loves the perks and the limelight. I hardly see him walking away from that, he will take the perks.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

The GOP response “This is not the hill to die on.”

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

The GOP already died.

Not on a hill, but under a bridge overpass with a bottle of cheap wine in their grasp.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was inevitable.

MichaelGabriel on February 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

And I’ll add that the GOP Cold Weather Turtle Party is too scared and shriveled up to even dare to utter the “I” word, let alone start along that path.

Left_is_Wrong on February 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

How’s that?

Newtie and the Beauty on February 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Missing from the quote is this little nugget (emphasis mine):

Further, Treasury officials said Monday that businesses will be told to “certify” that they are not shedding full-time workers simply to avoid the mandate. Officials said employers will be told to sign a “self-attestation” on their tax forms affirming this, under penalty of perjury.

No room for abuse by our benevolent government there at all.

stvnscott on February 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Unfortunately, there is no political upside to challenging beneficial. What politician would advocate sticking to the deadline in the statute? It’s in almost everyone’s interest to let the decrees stand. Just like the DREAM decree: who’s going to go on record forcing people out even if there was some way to do it? In that sense, Obama is pretty crafty with these diktats.

casel21 on February 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

casel21 on February 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

It would be doable with a intelligent politician…but as we know, that is pretty much nonexistent, for both sides. The President is simply the lesser among dunces.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Obama only looks like a political mastermind because socialists control the media.

Look at the headline at msn.com: “Obamacare Penalty Relaxed”. If President Walker were to effectively nullify Obamacare, the headline would be: “Walker Shirks Law, Consequences Loom”.

crrr6 on February 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Knowing him, he will probably strive to be the most aggressive Ex-President in history. The guy loves the perks and the limelight. I hardly see him walking away from that, he will take the perks.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

I fully expect Little Boots to campaign for Sec. General of the U.N. if he can ever be evicted from the White House.

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

We are all Gary Gilmore, watching the state exercise appeal after appeal that we don’t want and having to sue the state to enforce its own law.

jangle12 on February 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

crrr6 on February 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

That is certainly an aid in the issue, but that wouldn’t be as bad if there were effective politicians of the opposition that could challenge that narrative. That hasn’t been the case so far.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Those new trolls are awfully quiet…..

ctmom on February 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Where are all our new (D) posters?

rogerb on February 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Intercourse the noobs, I’m breathlessly awaiting bayam’s spin on this.

But of course bayam is waiting until Krugman tells his disciples how to think…

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

CurtZHP on February 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Knowing him, he will probably strive to be the most aggressive Ex-President in history. The guy loves the perks and the limelight. I hardly see him walking away from that, he will take the perks.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

I fully expect him and his wife to be utterly classless and shrill in their arm-chair quarterbacking of the next president. And I expect him to continue to dump on George W. Bush as well. It’s all he knows.

CurtZHP on February 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Obama: *Adds to bucket list*

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Knowing him, he will probably strive to be the most aggressive Ex-President in history. The guy loves the perks and the limelight. I hardly see him walking away from that, he will take the perks.

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

I fully expect Little Boots to campaign for Sec. General of the U.N. if he can ever be evicted from the White House.

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

He’s ineligible to be a Secretary General candidate, because the U.S. is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

The GOP already died.

Not on a hill, but under a bridge overpass with a bottle of cheap wine in their grasp.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was inevitable.

MichaelGabriel on February 10, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Probably more true than I wish to admit… if only there were an opposition party to the Dems. :-(

NiteOwl on February 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Unfortunately, there is no political upside to challenging beneficial. What politician would advocate sticking to the deadline in the statute? It’s in almost everyone’s interest to let the decrees stand. Just like the DREAM decree: who’s going to go on record forcing people out even if there was some way to do it? In that sense, Obama is pretty crafty with these diktats.

casel21 on February 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

If that is true, then who will be the first to delay middle income taxes?

captnjoe on February 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Come on Del, you know laws were meant to be broken ;)

zacmidnigh on February 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM

He’s ineligible to be a Secretary General candidate, because the U.S. is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Del Dolemonte on February 10, 2014 at 6:29 PM

He was ineligible for foreign student aid in college, but you know how he worked around that.

CurtZHP on February 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Well, I am following the Emperor’s lead on Obamacare.

I am delaying its implementation for me, permanently. No sense in this one or two year at a time thing.

captnjoe on February 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4