WH to issue another ObamaCare rule change — to help Democratic incumbents

posted at 8:41 am on March 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

How blatant is this latest unilateral change from the Obama administration on the law they claim is working well? The Hill can’t avoid connecting the dots in its lead sentence:

The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats.

As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.

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Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.

The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.

Actually, HHS thought they had already avoided that outcome with its previous extension. That pushed off the deadline for plans to meet the requirements of ObamaCare until January 1, 2015, which is after the midterms. However, none of the geniuses at HHS seemed to know that insurers have to send out cancellation notices 90 days in advance, which would mean that letters would go out no later than October 1 … five weeks or so before the vote.

D’oh!

The extension itself is nothing more than a big lie anyway. It’s the Obama administration attempt to avoid having to deal with the “keep your plan” promise, but as this extension shows, the lie won’t get undone no matter what the White House tweaks in the deadlines. It’s just getting kicked down the road in a bald-faced attempt to avoid accountability for their serial dishonesty. The pain will come no matter what; Barack Obama and his team just don’t want to deal with the electoral consequences of it.

As The Hill points out, it also exposes the fierce urgency of now argument as a lie, too:

Allowing insurers to continue offering noncompliant health plans for several years would substantially alter the health insurance landscape under ObamaCare.

It would also undercut one rationale for the healthcare reform law.

The Hill quotes Obama warning about the dangers of low-cost health-care plans, and the need for government to force them out of the marketplace. Now that it’s his own political health and that of his fellow Democrats at risk, Obama and his administration are singing quite a different tune.


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How many have to die because Dog Eater allows unscrupulous insurers to keep offering substandard plans?

HOW MANY HAVE TO DIE!

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Now that it’s his own political health and that of his fellow Democrats at risk, Obama and his administration are singing quite a different tune.

And the MSM will sway along with it, because they love it so.

Gatsu on March 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

In this case, the phrase

It would also undercut one rationale for the healthcare reform law.

Really means “it would completely subvert and end one critical rationale for the healthcare reform law and make people wonder, again, what the hell is going on”.

There; FIFY

MTF on March 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Forget what we said before, this is sound policy.

- MSM/DNC

antipc on March 4, 2014 at 8:48 AM

If only the average voter wasn’t stupid.

OldEnglish on March 4, 2014 at 8:48 AM

“I love it, when a plan comes together.” COL. H Smith USA(R)…..Annnd clue the theme music.

flackcatcher on March 4, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Country of laws.. not any more

Wade on March 4, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Nothing to see here….
-lsm wink wink

cmsinaz on March 4, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Is there ANYONE really that stupid to continuously fall for this crap? I know plenty of willfully ignorant Libs with their hands over their hears and screaming “La la la la la” but I mean the truly stupid who ACTUALLY believe Obama’s BS? There can’t be any left. Can there?

Padre on March 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Its the law!!!!!!

cmsinaz on March 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

I love how the Dems convinced themselves that people would love OCare more as time went by. Quite the opposite.

As I said in the Headlines thread, I would enjoy watching a GOP President come along and, ipso facto, repeal OCare without any Congressional action, just to watch Democrats come unglued at the idea of a President acting like a dictator to undo their pet project.

Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Wow. Just blatantly ignore a law that you yourself championed.
Really, how bad does this have to get for people to wake the frack up?

Then again, nobody really woke up at all in numbers enough during Hitler’s rise to power.

Badger40 on March 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

I guess it’s about time again for Barry to stick his nose up in the air and remind us that, “He won”. Winner takes all. duh.

BettyRuth on March 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Padre…. the low information voter are gullible

cmsinaz on March 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

You showed Kay Hagan as a Dem this will presumably help. In NC, we were able to repurchase plans that we had back in December. I am paying about 10% more this year but I did get to keep my plan.

MJBrutus on March 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Democrats rushed the ACA through congress, shoving it down our throats in order to save us from the lousy healthcare we already had. Now those SOB’s want to keep us in that lousy healthcare we had and won’t let us enjoy the fruits of Obamacare. I’m going to write my congressman or something. Maybe I’ll hold my breath until I turn blue. Oh hell no! I’m voting red!!!

Herb on March 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

unscrupulous insurers to keep offering substandard plans?

HOW MANY HAVE TO DIE!

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Substandard? Who decides what is substandard? I don’t want politicians deciding what is good or bad for me, especially BO.

Wade on March 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

The real name of this law was “The President Does What He Wants Act of 2010″ apparently.

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I don’t see how this can be expected to ward off the cancellations. These companies have had a couple of years now to figure out whether their policies are compliant or not and act accordingly. A smart business isn’t going to trust that a capricious administration is just going to keep issuing and honoring waivers, they’re going to do what they can to get compliant with the law, because they know that when the grace runs out, they will bear the consequences.

dkmonroe on March 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

easing election pressure on Democrats.

 
So just like his Afghanistan surrender withdrawal dates, then.

rogerb on March 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

But…but what about the children????

coldwarrior on March 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Y’all know the lib trolls are laughing too hard to write any snark.

They won.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Vote for us now people….we are helping you
-dems

cmsinaz on March 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.

The White House can issue any “directive” it wants. It’s up to the Insurance Commissioner in each state to allow such policies to continue. Kalifornia has already killed all the private policies that “do not conform”. No exemptions. No extensions.

GarandFan on March 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

(cloned from other thread)

Here we are again – Obama breaking law after law…

Waiting for Boehner, Issa or The Courts to rescue us while Holder and Reid hold the entire country hostage to a law-breaking federal government (?)

I grow weary of just watching. We just – keep – watching.

Tsar of Earth on March 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Do his edicts ever improve the situation?

Ukiah on March 4, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Tone Deaf. Completely Tone Deaf.

BigGator5 on March 4, 2014 at 9:01 AM

our law is so good we have to pass laws making it not apply to you……
and you know the scary part? it may work and when stuff goes into full effect someone else will get the blame.

dmacleo on March 4, 2014 at 9:01 AM

The damage has already been done. And there is no way that an Insurance company with a fiduciary responsibility to it’s stockholders is not going to act responsibly and change their plans to whatever the law dictates no matter how many times the President lets deadlines slide.

Johnnyreb on March 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Remember when Ted Cruz was excoriated as a nut for calling for delay of Obamacare (when the surrender weasels refused to go along with defunding)? Just how crazy was that???

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Paging Ted Cruz…
Time for a SC emergency injunction. There have been so many changes no one can possibly understand the law anymore.

monalisa on March 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Is there ANYONE really that stupid to continuously fall for this crap?
Padre on March 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Yes. Leftists are tribal, not rational. I’m just hoping they don’t yet make up a voting majority.

SacredFire on March 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Michelle Ray @GaltsGirl
“If, as we were told, Obamacare didn’t cause the cancelations, how can a change to the law prevent them?”

Flora Duh on March 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

You don’t have to sign up to see what’s in it, because I’m the law.

plutorocks on March 4, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Let’s look at what a dilemma this places on business. There is a written law mandating BOcare to take place on a given date (mandated in the law). The dickator-in-chief who’s constitution responsibility is to enforce laws decides not to enforce the written law.

Business’s who offer the old plans are in violation of the law and open themselves to huge penalties all based on one politician, who is a know liar.

Wade on March 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Law Fiat of the land.

Ted Torgerson on March 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Sheer and utter lawlessness.

rbj on March 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Libs have a real tough time taking responsibility .

CWchangedhisNicagain on March 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

The only question is will a Republican president have the same set of stones to do the same thing in reverse.

rickyricardo on March 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM

But…but what about the children????

coldwarrior on March 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

The 26 year olds?

Wade on March 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Wow, I’ve found a comment that works on nearly every thread:

Ewwwwwwwww! I smell career politician!

ExpressoBold on March 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I grow weary of just watching. We just – keep – watching.

Tsar of Earth on March 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

The Deputy Whip in the House (Tom Cole) was on local talk radio this morning. He was challenged by the hosts after he said that these delays are unconstitutional. Why aren’t the Congressional Republicans challenging these arbitrary and clearly partisan delays and exemptions on the basis of the rat-eared wonder doing his Constitutional duty. Cole proved himself a surrender weasel by the mushy way he responded about it only being his opinion and he isn’t a lawyer or anything.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Johnnyreb on March 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

The insurer bailout mechanism will be used as a deterrent to any insurance company even thinking of defying O’care dictates.

antipc on March 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM

How many have to die because Dog Eater allows unscrupulous insurers to keep offering substandard plans?

HOW MANY HAVE TO DIE!

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

The filthy rat-eared wonder would kill off the populations of whole states if he thought it would improve Dem chances of keeping the Senate and taking the House.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM

The damage has already been done. And there is no way that an Insurance company with a fiduciary responsibility to it’s stockholders is not going to act responsibly and change their plans to whatever the law dictates no matter how many times the President lets deadlines slide.

Johnnyreb on March 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

That seems about right to me. At this point, if a conservative President gets elected (haha, right, I know, but I can dream), I’d like to see President Palin enforce the letter of the law, collect back taxes for previous illegal EOs, garnish wages, put scofflaw businesses out of business and tell Congress that’s the way it’s going to be until they repeal the law.

Fenris on March 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM

If the GOP doesn’t gain control of both Houses of Congress this fall, then, truly, there is no hope. There is no hope if the people are that stupid, and there is no hope if the GOP is incapable to convince people that the Democrats are destroying the country. I’d venture to say that it will get so bad that other countries will end up being viable options to move to, because there are other countries that do socialism better.

HiJack on March 4, 2014 at 9:16 AM

It would also undercut one rationale for the healthcare reform law.

It would have absolutely no effect on the election. Zero.

The last two presidential elections prove that.

BobMbx on March 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

And he keeps killing businesses with uncertainty.

CWchangedhisNicagain on March 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

…so what does Justice Roberts think…of this LAW?

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

They have a 90 day MINIMUM compliance rule. Here’s betting that any insurance carrier who has figured out O’care is about to sink them will send them out now in hopes of getting this disaster repealed.

hillsoftx on March 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

I grow weary of just watching. We just – keep – watching.
 
Tsar of Earth on March 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

 
…Republicans challenging these arbitrary and clearly partisan delays and exemptions on the basis of the rat-eared wonder doing his Constitutional duty…
 
Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM

 
I suspect the most simple answer is the correct one: They dream of that same power.
 
We live in interesting times.

rogerb on March 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

They have a 90 day MINIMUM compliance rule. Here’s betting that any insurance carrier who has figured out O’care is about to sink them will send them out now in hopes of getting this disaster repealed.

hillsoftx on March 4, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Considering that the insurance companies are in on this scam, that probably won’t happen. BUT, if the insurance companies wanted to sink the democrats, then they could send out their notices a month before the election. That would to it, but don’t hold your breath.

HiJack on March 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Dear leader still doing what he’s accusing Putin of doing, breaking the law. Guess he’ll be on the wrong side of history, too.

Kissmygrits on March 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan when it’s politically expedient for us.

Oh, and vote for the Party of Ass in Nov.

StubbornGreenBurros on March 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I suspect the most simple answer is the correct one: They dream of that same power.

We live in interesting times.

rogerb on March 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

John Boehner made the claim yesterday that not only would be be re-elected Speaker but that the vote wouldn’t even be close. Bravado or the surrender weasels think they will hold the edge after the next elections.

Happy Nomad on March 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I suspect the most simple answer is the correct one: They dream of that same power.

We live in interesting times.

rogerb on March 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

There’s room on the wall for all of them if you do it right.

Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Crickets on politico, natch….they rather talk about Obamas spine of steel against Putin…..lol

cmsinaz on March 4, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Dear leader still doing what he’s accusing Putin of doing, breaking the law. Guess he’ll be on the wrong side of history, too.

Kissmygrits on March 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Not when the MSM is the one writing history.

antipc on March 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM

As I said in the Headlines thread, I would enjoy watching a GOP President come along and, ipso facto, repeal OCare without any Congressional action, just to watch Democrats come unglued at the idea of a President acting like a dictator to undo their pet project.
Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

In a sane world, kicking the can down the road keeps the insurance industry alive until a conservative president and congress can repeal it and introduce real reform. But the GOPe will betray us and seek to fix OC in the illusion that they can manage it better than the free market or the donks. BOHICA.

AH_C on March 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Did Weasel Boehner spare the time to counter this latest power grab or was too busy buying his FL mansion?

viking01 on March 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

The big question is what will the republicans do to get the message out? My guess is not much.

Jackson on March 4, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Now would be a good time to change a few other laws…you know, crisis and all.

d1carter on March 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM

However, none of the geniuses at HHS seemed to know that insurers have to send out cancellation notices 90 days in advance, which would mean that letters would go out no later than October 1 … five weeks or so before the vote.

Because none of them have ever held a job outside politics. If they had, they would know that you have to redo your benefits every year around October/November, so cancellation notices have to go out before that.

GWB on March 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Typical.

ladyingray on March 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM

At this rate, we’ll be able to buy insurance across state lines by summer.

lynncgb on March 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Fox News just reported that the Medicaid numbers are much lower than reported. There are less than 3 million sign ups as compared to the 8 million they announced last week.

I am not sure what this means exactly other than I believe the number is lower than what the normal enrollments were before Ocrapcare! Can’t wait to find out how many people actually bought Ocrapcare rather than logged in to the website at the end of the month!!!

texgal on March 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM

As The Hill points out, it also exposes the fierce urgency of now argument as a lie, too:

That shipped sailed long, long ago.

CPRforAmerica on March 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

The people are nothing but pawns to these unscrupulous, self absorbed ruthless politicos. Where are our brave conservatives? Why aren’t they yelling in the streets about this sham? Are the mindless masses really this stupid? This country is sick and shameful.

rplat on March 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

That ship sailed long, long ago. (Sorry for the typos, fat thumbs, bad eyes.)

CPRforAmerica on March 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

There’s room on the wall for all of them if you do it right.
Bishop on March 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Use .30-06 or .308 and you can stack them 2 deep against the wall.

ConstantineXI on March 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM

WH to issue another ObamaCare rule change — to help Democratic incumbents

Democrats Are Getting Destroyed In Key Senate States

Republicans have a large, 8-point advantage among voters in states with Senate races, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday.

Flora Duh on March 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM

The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.

Wait a minute! Didn’t Harry Reid say those were all lies?

If those are all LIES, why does the Dear Leader have to delay his wondrous takeover of the healthcare system?

GOP Hits Back At Harry Reid For Calling Millions Of Americans Liars For Speaking About Horrors Of Obamacare
A Dose of Reality
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7b3GRvHOXio
Published on Feb 28, 2014
The effects of Obamacare have been felt across America. But Harry Reid wants you to think all the stories you’ve heard are all “untrue”. It’s time for a dose of reality.
http://weaselzippers.us/177655-gop-hits-back-at-harry-reid-for-calling-millions-of-americans-liars-for-speaking-about-horrors-of-obamacare/

DinaRehn on March 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

You can’t fix a crap sandwich.

fogw on March 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

“Obamacare” is no more about “care” and “health” than a storm is about clear sailing.

Obamacare is a political method by Democrats to extend and make permanent their grubby possession of the US.

THE HILL is quite correct about this latest Obama-fling being an aid to Democrats politically (as to upcoming elections). That’s all Obamacare ever was and was ever designed to be.

Leftmedia has made the fooling of the gullible voters among us a recurring resource for Democrats.

Lourdes on March 4, 2014 at 10:43 AM

So, if Obama’s plan works as designed, people will hate it and politcians will lose their jobs.

Good thing Team Obama brought in the best and the brightest!

hawksruleva on March 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM

And the sackless GOP, stands by with that characteristic blank stare, a deer in the headlights type of look, refusing to speak or even move, all while the ObamaMachine continues to trample over the Constitution and the American people.

As piss poor as Obama has handled Russia and his entire foreign policy, the GOP has been equally inept, if not more so, with their complete lack of any action AT ALL to stop this “President” and his Marxist regime from destroying the Constitution and with it, what’s left of America.

Meople on March 4, 2014 at 10:47 AM

As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.

Republicans should have stopped this nonsense a long time ago.

Notwithstanding the fact this usurps powers reserved for Congress (that would be the people),and their should be a lawsuit, Republicans can pass a simple bill. Here is what is should say;

Any insurance plan which can be cancelled at any time according to requirements within the PPACA should immediately receive a written notice advising the policy holder of that fact.

That’s it. Pure and simple.

Honestly Republicans. This is simple stuff and you are blowing it. Stop counting the days until our next election and get off your collective asses before I run against you.

Marcus Traianus on March 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Republicans John Roberts should have stopped this nonsense a long time ago.

Marcus Traianus on March 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Fixed.

fogw on March 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Has anyone *not* seen this coming for months now? *Every* time the GOP or a pundit claims that November is going to be a rout for the GOP, and they can go ahead and do amnesty, give Obama a debt increase, etc – because come November, the voters will be so pissed off about the imminent Obamacare implementation, well…

LOL, something about ‘counting chickens’, ‘eggs in one basket’ come to mind.

I may actually enjoy GOPe folks after another election day loss, looking around with their mouths flapping open and closed like fish out of water, trying to figure out what went wrong with their grand scheme when a) voters haven’t experienced all of the Obamacare pain yet because of all of these illegal delays, and b) the GOPe spent months overtly flipping off their base, just *knowing* we’d turn out for them anyway.

If you *still* think the Democrats aren’t going to do everything they can to legally or illegally win/steal the election in November, then you *still* aren’t f*cking paying attention.

Midas on March 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM

As I said in the Headlines thread, I would enjoy watching a GOP President come along and, ipso facto, repeal OCare without any Congressional action, just to watch Democrats come unglued at the idea of a President acting like a dictator to undo their pet project.
Bitter Clinger on March 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

But a GOP President won’t do that. Like the f*ckwit GOP in Congress, and GOP President will do nothing to move things back the way they were; they will be ‘nice’ and ‘bipartisan’ and ‘put all of that behind us’. There will be no investigations, no consequences.

The leftward lurch will slow a bit, but not reverse – the ‘ratchet’ will hold things – at best – where they are.

Midas on March 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I wish a reporter would ask Obama or Carney:

Do you have any intention of fully implememting Obamacare before you leave office?

Any doubt on what the answer would be?

LouisianaLightning on March 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

This is just more proof that Sebelius and Obama didn’t/still don’t know what they’re doing but as many have stated, how can so many be so stupid? The fact is we are stuck with this and look at the GOP leadership in congress… they are ready to move on. They will kvetch when they go on Levin but in the corridors of DC they don’t have any fight left and here’s why:

Current enrollment of private plans is over 4 million and the arc suggests that it will end up about 6 million. Not what the CBO projected (that’s who came up with the 7M figure) but plenty enough to create critical mass. Younger enrollment has gone way up since the beginning of the year as everyone expected so that isn’t going to be an issue.

Aetna, Wellpoint and others are stating that they are happy with enrollments and they definitely see this as the way people will buy insurance in the future. Notice their stock prices are all way up in every time frame since passage of ACA. Based on the few companies which have made stats available the # of ACA enrollments made directly threw the insurance companies may in fact be as high as the # threw the websites so the 7M figure may already have been reached but we have no way of knowing until well after the 3/31 deadline. The verified 4M+ private enrollments are dwarfed by the 6-7M medicaid enrollees + 3 M adult children under 26 now on families policies.

In other words, if you think Obamacare is going anywhere you are living under a rock. Even Congressional GOP is giving up the ghost of repeal if you hadn’t noticed.n The only way to fight it is to change the GOP leadership. A Majority Leader McConnell isn’t going to get this changed. We need Senator Bevin’s vote and a lot more like him to make the difference.

RockRib on March 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Do you have any intention of fully implememting Obamacare before you leave office?

LouisianaLightning on March 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Not a chance because after he is gone and it implodes he will lie and blame his successor. Nothing ever is his fault.

Wade on March 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

John Roberts should have stopped this nonsense a long time ago.

Marcus Traianus on March 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Bingo! John Roberts look at what your have done.

Wade on March 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Why don’t they just get to the point and start offering Obamacare discounts for people who vote Democrat.

xdwall on March 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

…so what does Justice Roberts think…of this LAW?

KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Just another tax on the working citizens.

Wade on March 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Why bother passing any Laws at all?

Pelosi Schmelosi on March 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

This gives me a cartoon idea.

Hooded executioner with huge ax. A man kneels before him, his head on stump, but with a pencil in his hand and a piece of paper before him.

Executioner: “I’ll hold off on using this until after you are finished voting for me for Employee Of The Month”

kurtzz3 on March 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I know what you Rethuglicans are thinking, but this delay is much different and more better than that delay Ted Cruz was demanding from Congress.

slickwillie2001 on March 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

The Hill quotes Obama warning about the dangers of low-cost health-care plans, and the need for government to force them out of the marketplace.

Errr, aren’t Obamacare plans supposed to be low-cost health care plans?

xblade on March 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM

This administration’s motto :
Give to the takers.
Appease the givers, till their back is turned.
Make the blessed feel guilty.
Threaten those who still resist. ( IRS anyone ?)
Silence all opposition by accusations of racism.
Carry an air of superiority, that allows your mind to say that you are right, and any actions you take are justified, whether legal or not, to accomplish your goals.

builderD on March 4, 2014 at 12:13 PM

It’s not about what is best for the country, what is best for the American people, IT IS ABOUT maintaining power, lying, deceiving, lack of character, etc.

rjoco1 on March 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

How many young invincibles that signed up for exchange plans will cancel their ACA-compliant insurance for cheaper plans that don’t comply with the coverage mandates?

This could be a big friggen’ deal.

blammm on March 4, 2014 at 1:46 PM

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

But the laws of the land…not so much.

Dino V on March 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Why do I keep getting this ‘Judge Dredd’ visual every time the obamalinsky speaks?

tanked59 on March 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Some things haven’t changed.

Uncertainty will still be very high…perhaps even more so because of the capricious manner in which the Obama admin does and/or does not enforce the law.

It will be curious to see how employers respond.

lineholder on March 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Here’s a thought experiment to perform:

What more would the Obama administration have to do, in terms of unconstitutional actions, before any useful number of our elected officials took note of it and attempted to contest it?

(Equally pointless versions of the above can be created by substituting for “elected officals” the phrases “media” or “low information voters”.)

bofh on March 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

All of this has happened due to the following:

Conservatives who stayed home in 2004 and 2008 because they didn’t like the candidate that was running against Obama. Conservatives who failed to vote for anyone, have effectively voted for the Democratic candidate. Therefore you actually are the ones who allowed this travesty to occur to our freedoms.

While voting is not mandatory, it is STILL your Duty as a citizen of this Republic to vote in all elections. If you don’t vote, I hold you responsible. The best way for bad people to prevail is for good people to do NOTHING.

I am sickened by these crybaby conservatives who ALLOW the Democrat to be elected.

SUCK IT UP! Get off your A$$es and cast your vote for the most conservative or least socialist.

Hammie on March 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

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