Gibbs: Employer mandate will be killed

posted at 10:41 am on April 3, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats often claim that ObamaCare should be fixed rather than repealed, although Barack Obama declared that the “debate is over” earlier this week on the law. However, Democrats don’t usually offer much in terms of solutions to the problems that afflict Americans because of ObamaCare, including higher premiums, higher deductibles, and canceled insurance policies. Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has one idea for a fix, though — canceling the employer mandate, which he says is all but dead already:

Correction: Robert Gibbs, not Davod Axelrod. My apologies for the error.

“I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,” he said to a notably surprised audience.

The employer mandate has been delayed twice, he noted. The vast majority of employers with 100 or more employees offer health insurance, and there aren’t many employers who fall into the mandate window, he said.

Killing the employer mandate would be one way to improve the law — and there are a handful of other “common sense” improvements needed as well, he said.

Others include better outreach ahead of next year’s enrollment — educating people about the law’s deadlines, penalties and subsidies; improved technology; and greater incentives, besides not having to pay a low penalty, to young people so they will enroll in health coverage.

And, most importantly, Gibbs said “health care has to add an additional layer of coverage cheaper than the plans already offered.”

This actually is one solution that some progressive commentators suggest when talking about ObamaCare fixes — and it makes at least some sense in terms of policy. The mandate will impose huge costs on employers, tying up their capital in regulatory costs rather than expansion and job creation. In fact, a new study shows that the costs for compliance will run between $4800-$5900 per employee for large employers, and that’s not including the rapidly-rising costs of premiums.

On the other hand, canceling the employer mandate will provide even more incentive for those employers to dump their workers into the exchanges. That means tens of millions more Americans will have to deal with massive price hikes in premiums, and deductibles that all but assure them that they won’t see any benefit from those premiums. It’s a recipe for political disaster — especially if the White House dumps the employer mandate while enforcing the penalties for the individual mandate. Good luck explaining to consumers why Big Business got let off the hook while they get the gaff.

That’s one reason why ObamaCare is a disaster that can’t be fixed, but must be replaced. In my column for The Fiscal Times, I show why the debate isn’t “over” but will actually accelerate:

However, the numbers offered up by Obama on Tuesday fall very far short of the numbers his administration used to argue that a systemic overhaul was needed to address “the fierce urgency of now” with the uninsured, which the LA Times recalls as between 45-48 million.

In fact, it’s not clear at all that the so-called enrollments hailed on April Fools Day offer a break-even point with the uninsured the ACA created. Those numbers are estimated at five to six million Americans in the individual market, many of whom now pay higher premiums and have to clear higher deductibles as the cost of buying more insurance coverage than they believed they needed in the first place.

So how many of these seven-million-plus claimed by Obama actually started off without any insurance at all? The Times reported that from an unpublished Rand Corporation study that of the six million who signed up through Obamacare exchanges for private insurance, a third of those had no insurance previous to the rollout. That would come to 4.4 percent of the low end of the LA Times estimate, if that number represented actual enrollments – but it doesn’t.

The Daily Mail’s David Martosko reports that the same Rand study shows that only 53 percent of those previously uninsured have actually paid premiums for their selection. The Rand estimate of the newly covered comes just short of 859,000 – or just 1.9 percent of the total number of uninsured that Democrats insisted had to be helped through a costly and disruptive overhaul of the health-insurance industry. Even adding in the estimated six million added to Medicaid – most of whom would have qualified without Obamacare – the first pass only accounts for 15 percent of the problem, as defined by Obama and his fellow Democrats in 2009-10.

This system cannot sustain tinkering. Every change creates systemic, fiscal, and political risks that only make the situation worse. Meanwhile, here’s David Plouffe on Bloomberg suddenly decrying “living in the land of anecdote” after the White House used almost nothing but anecdote to sell this monstrosity, and again suggesting that improvements should be made — without ever offering any.

Update: Also up for debate — the honesty of the Obama administration claims made in defense of ObamaCare. Avik Roy dismantles one key claim:

It has been one of Democrats’ favorite talking points: that thanks to Obamacare’s mandate that family-based insurance coverage cover “adult children” aged 18 to 26, “an additional 3 million young adults have gained coverage.” There’s only one problem. That figure is based on a misleading and superficial study by the Obama administration. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion of young adults with private health coverage was 60.5 percent in 2012—exactly the same proportion that had private coverage in 2008. …

Sommers, intentionally or unintentionally, cherry-picked the 2010 baseline that would make his comparisons as flattering as possible. He compared the third quarter of that year, when 49.8 percent had private coverage, with the fourth quarter of 2011, when 58.8 percent did. The full-year averages for 2010 and 2011 were 51.0 and 56.2 percent, respectively; for the first 9 months of 2013, the proportion with private coverage was 58.1 percent.

If you simply use 2008 as your baseline—before the effects of the recession—you still get a positive effect, but a much smaller one. In 2008, the proportion of young adults with private coverage was 55.8 percent; if you assume the entirety of the change in private coverage from 2008 to 2013 is due to Obamacare, you get a coverage expansion of between 869,000 (on a 2008 population base) and approximately 1.04 million (on a 2013 population base). That’s not nothing, but it’s 2 million less than what the Obama administration is claiming.

Well, that’s certainly a stinkburger of a claim, no?


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Isn’t that a picture of Plouffe? Not that I want to look at Axelrod’s smarmy mug, though.

22044 on April 3, 2014 at 10:45 AM

The mandate s/b killed. There is none in China, Russia and Zimbabwe.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

With Liberty and Medicaid for all!

blammm on April 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Obamacare is practically dead… Obama himself killed because of the extreme political damage that is going to inflict on him and his party and already did… Most of what will be left of it is the Medicaid expansion…

mnjg on April 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

…how do you comment…when the piece you just read…covers everything on the topic?

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Was it Gibbs? Or did both Gibbs and Axelrod say this?

djl130 on April 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Wait, is it Plouffe, Axlerod or Gibbs? The post is confusing.

Mord on April 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

But It’s. The. Law.

Gibbs, Plouffe, Axelrod – whichever one – they’re all anarchists.

forest on April 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Obamacare is practically dead… Obama himself killed it because of the extreme political damage that is going to inflict on him and his party and already did… Most of what will be left of it is the Medicaid expansion…

mnjg on April 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Every change creates systemic, fiscal, and political risks that only make the situation worse.

Yes. Just try sweeping BBs up the driveway sometime. If that doesn’t convince you, try to get a herd of cats to do it for you.

Tsar of Earth on April 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

The fundamental dishonesty being displayed throughout this mendacious Administration over Obamacare continues to be one of the most under reported aspects of the EpicClusterFark.

The entire goal behind dumping the Employer mandate is to avoid having 50-60 million plus getting cancellation notices for their current ‘substandard’ policies (revisiting the ‘if you like your insurance…’ lie) as well as flooding those people into the exchange in an effort to stall the premium death spiral from taking effect for a few more years.

It’s all smoke and mirrors….because this EpicClusterFark was never about ‘fixing’ the healthcare challenges, getting insurance for the uninsured (most of whom are uninsured by choice), or improving patient care. This was all about proving that the government could seize 1/6th of the national economy and increase spending by $2.6T over the next decade in the name of wealth redistribution, social justice, and fairness.

The only option we have is total and complete repeal. Trying to fix something designed to fail is only spinning our wheels. This turd has to be flushed, and then we can start to take simple, measured, free market steps to really address the challenges we face regarding healthcare.

Athos on April 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Isn’t that a picture of Plouffe? Not that I want to look at Axelrod’s smarmy mug, though.

22044 on April 3, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Seen one A-Hole…seen ‘em all…

bimmcorp on April 3, 2014 at 10:53 AM

This reminds me of Mao and his “great leap forward.” All the tinkering he mandated resulted in 10 million deaths.

Blake on April 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

It was Gibbs, Cap’n; fix the headline.

TC@LeatherPenguin on April 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Wait, is it Plouffe, Axlerod or Gibbs? The post is confusing.

Mord on April 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Think they were all three in attendance. A circle-j.

Tsar of Earth on April 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Wait a minute, with no employer mandate how can there be an individual mandate? Recent SCOTUS decisions declaring corporations having the same rights as individuals would nullify the need for any mandate. Also, if Hobby Lobby wins we will be free to choose the type of insurance we want to buy.

Isn’t the administration, with the SCOTUS help, killing Obamacare by a thousand cuts?

Tater Salad on April 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Axlerod haves his mustache and he looks a little gay…not that there’s anything wrong with that.

dirtseller on April 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

This reminds me of Mao and his “great leap forward.” All the tinkering he mandated resulted in 10 million deaths.

Blake on April 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Fascist is as Fascist does…

workingclass artist on April 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Shaves…Not Haves. Stupid Keyboard

dirtseller on April 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Obamacare is practically dead… Obama himself killed because of the extreme political damage that is going to inflict on him and his party and already did… Most of what will be left of it is the Medicaid expansion…

mnjg on April 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

It was never meant to live. It was just a bridge to single payer.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Oh, go ahead, permanently remove the employer mandate.
What about us individuals?
Oops, forgot, we don’t have any lobbyists representing us.

Belle on April 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Wait a minute, with no employer mandate how can there be an individual mandate? Recent SCOTUS decisions declaring corporations having the same rights as individuals would nullify the need for any mandate. Also, if Hobby Lobby wins we will be free to choose the type of insurance we want to buy.

Isn’t the administration, with the SCOTUS help, killing Obamacare by a thousand cuts?

Tater Salad on April 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Without a mandate then there is no “Robert’s Tax”?

Tater Salad on April 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I’m all for anything that hastens the system crash and wakes people up to finally make a stand and flush this fluctuant mass of feces that is progressivism.

tdarrington on April 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM

How can any rational American believe anything these moon bats say about anything?

workingclass artist on April 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM

It was never meant to live. It was just a bridge to single payer.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Except they made government run anything look so bad that it has killed the call for a bigger government solution. I can imagine the political agenda of “we really screwed that up so in order to fix it give us the rest of healthcare”.

Tater Salad on April 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

This system cannot sustain tinkering. Every change creates systemic, fiscal, and political risks that only make the situation worse.

Repeal!

Just get rid of the whole d*amned thing.

workingclass artist on April 3, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Obamacare is practically dead… Obama himself killed because of the extreme political damage that is going to inflict on him and his party and already did… Most of what will be left of it is the Medicaid expansion…

mnjg on April 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Exactly. Obamacare will avoid repeal in only the most technical sense. After 2014, what’s left of the Democrat caucus in either chamber will be so clamoring for relief from their outraged constituents that Obamacare will be amended to within an inch of its original life. The mandates on individuals and employers will be repealed, low-priced catastrophic plans will be re-allowed on the exchanges, interstate coverage will be introduced and artificial premium pricing will give way to actuarial reality. The pressure for drastic legislative reform will approach veto-proof bipartisanship. Obama’s “signature achievement” will amount to rationalizing how Obamacare was mended, and not ended. Can the as I’ve always said s and let me be clear s be far behind?

Barnestormer on April 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Did anyone NOT think they would get to their magical 7 mill number? They were making this up as they went along, so why not make up the numbers?

You wonder why other administrations didn’t just make up stuff. It helps when the supposed watch dog (MSM) turns out to be your pet dog.

dirtseller on April 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

It was never meant to live. It was just a bridge to single payer.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

May be… But the political reality is that the country is not yet ready for single payer… The socialists have not done enough damage yet… If they could not pass single payer in 2010 when they had super majorities in the House and Senate then they are not going to do it now under the current political landscape and circumstances… I am sure they will try it again one day but it is going to be many years from now… They will keep talking about but no serious effort will be made to do it in the foreseeable future and not even the intermediate future… It will be long way in the future when they will get serious again about single payer…

mnjg on April 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

It’s Gibbs and Plouffe, not Axelrod and Plouffe. My apologies for the error! Must … have … caffeine …

Ed Morrissey on April 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

It was never meant to live. It was just a bridge to single payer.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Except they made government run anything look so bad that it has killed the call for a bigger government solution. I can imagine the political agenda of “we really screwed that up so in order to fix it give us the rest of healthcare”.

Tater Salad on April 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

First Class Action Lawsuit filed in Nevada against the State Exchange.

http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2014/04/02/first-class-action-lawsuit-filed-against-nevada-obamacare-exchange/

States like Texas are looking’ smarter everyday.

workingclass artist on April 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Barnestormer on April 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I agree…

mnjg on April 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

OT: Anybody here following the Mike Morell false testimony..?

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

May those who brought this monstrosity suffer politically and personally.

HumpBot Salvation on April 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

This is gonna be expensive….

“Just days after the deadline to enroll for insurance coverage through Nevada Health Link, the first class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of residents who say they signed up and paid their premiums – but were never given coverage.

Law firm Callister & Associates filed the lawsuit on behalf of Larry Basich, who signed up for state health insurance and paid premiums as far back as November, but then was not covered following a Jan. 3 triple bypass procedure that saw his $400,000 in medical expenses passed between the wrong insurance companies, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Nevada on Tuesday alleges gross negligence and failure to do due diligence against the state of Nevada, the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (which runs Nevada Health Link), and the company that won the contract to build the exchange, Xerox….”

http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2014/04/02/first-class-action-lawsuit-filed-against-nevada-obamacare-exchange/

workingclass artist on April 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

OT: Anybody here following the Mike Morell false testimony..?

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

You mean the guy who lied his ass off about those Benghazi talking points yesterday? Pass.

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

It was never meant to live. It was just a bridge to single payer.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Except they made government run anything look so bad that it has killed the call for a bigger government solution. I can imagine the political agenda of “we really screwed that up so in order to fix it give us the rest of healthcare”.

Tater Salad on April 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Sorry, but Schade’s right. As for your first point, Tater, David Axelrod just yesterday was touting Obamacare’s ‘success’ ‘is totally going to change “the attitude that government can’t do anything”‘.

Remember, we have an Executive Branch and Senate dominated by progressive fascists who believe that their brand of fascism is the path to utopia. The desired ends always justifies the means that are needed – which include callous and blatant lies told without remorse or repercussion, thanks to the ethically challenged Ministry of Truth / mainstream media.

With these reprobates, it’s always, ‘who are you going to believe, us or your own lying eyes?’…with the same smug smirk.

Athos on April 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Let me translate what Gibbs is actually saying in two words.

Single Payer!

bgibbs1000 on April 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

OT: Anybody here following the Mike Morell false testimony..?

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

You mean the guy who lied his ass off about those Benghazi talking points yesterday? Pass.

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Yeah. After all, what price is he really going to end up paying for his lies and actions?

Athos on April 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I disagree with Ed on one point: the debate is indeed over, and ObamaCare is a disaster. Not just a government disaster but also a human crisis. Even those who support ObamaCare are at this stage merely hoping that someday the law helps someone, because it sure as hell isn’t doing so today. If it were, that person would be on endless advertisements from the Democrat party.

MTF on April 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Perfect picture for what the manladychild CiC said yesterday.

H/t Fallon of HA.

He did that in the morn. In the eve, after the 2nd travesty at Ft. Hood he went fund-raising.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 11:21 AM

It has been one of Democrats’ favorite talking points: that thanks to Obamacare’s mandate that family-based insurance coverage cover “adult children” aged 18 to 26, “an additional 3 million young adults have gained coverage.”

We didn’t need the ACA to accomplish that. Big whoop!

On the other hand, wouldn’t they want those young adults to step out from under mommy’s skirt, and purchase insurance? That young adult is more likely to pay a higher individual premium (pump more money into the ACA scheme) than if they’re allowed to remain on their parent’s plan. It’s counter-intuitive.

Hill60 on April 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

OT: Anybody here following the Mike Morell false testimony..?

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

All you need to know, after he was pressed on his lies “we changed the talking points so as to not enrage the Muslims who were protesting even more”.

Morell wants to be Hillary’s Kerry. He is a big liar and a creep. He threw the CIA and the analysts there under the bus. He made thing up about them.

PC and Muslim sensitivities drove the video bs. In reality that inflamed the ‘sesntitive’ 3rd century ones even more.

Hillary/obama/Morell have lots of blood on their hands.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Let me translate what Gibbs is actually saying in two words.

Single Payer!

bgibbs1000 on April 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

That’s what Killary will run on.

workingclass artist on April 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM

In fact, a new study shows that the costs for compliance will run between $4800-$5900 per employee for large employers, and that’s not including the rapidly-rising costs of premiums.

So for companies already providing insurance, it’ll cost them thousands just to document it to the feral government? What are they making them do to cost that much?!? And what does that say about all the other areas the feds regulate?

workingclass artist on April 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

It should be expensive, but if a judge doesn’t bail them out, they’ll just pass a law. And Harry Reid will call any malcontents a liar.

Because the Democrats care more than you do, /s

Fenris on April 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Obama likes to saw his tree branches from both ends.

He probably starts eating an enchilada from the middle.

And his glasses are never full because he keeps knocking them over.

So, Obama takes his victory lap….says everything is great and the democrat consultants say “see the democrats CAN run on ObamaCare” – oh boy – only the true Obama believers and the totally uninformed will fall for this crap.

redguy on April 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Shaves…Not Haves. Stupid Keyboard

dirtseller on April 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Uh, it may not be the keyboard…

HiJack on April 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Weren’t the employer and individual penalties supposed to help pay for this fiasco? Or are we so over budget already that price is no longer an issue?

Pass the law as “fiscally neutral” (lies to begin with) then gut all of the mechanisms that help make it so?

It’s resemblance to what was shoved down our throats is becoming less and less all the time. We didn’t like it then, but it becomes even more distasteful with every unconstitutional change.

Oxymoron on April 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM

How about having a liberal progressive fix! Vote them all out!

Rovin on April 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

And still no statement from the GOP.

I guess Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, McConnell and Cornyn are- hiding?

Reince Priebus is doing what? Having dinner with the Chamber of Commerce on immigration issues?

Marcus Traianus on April 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The employer mandate is a small part of the law. What???? It’s huge and he knows it. Why doesn’t the fed govt get out of the insurance providing business altogether since they’re backing out of providing insurance for seniors and medicaid. That would fix this law once and for all.

Kissmygrits on April 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Uh, it may not be the keyboard…

HiJack on April 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. By the way, I have 7 million people that know it’s the keyboard. Just check my numbers.

dirtseller on April 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

OT: Anybody here following the Mike Morell false testimony..?

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Yep. Without any accountability in govt, these hacks feel free to make up whatever story fits at the moment.

Free Indeed on April 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

All you need to know, after he was pressed on his lies “we changed the talking points so as to not enrage the Muslims who were protesting even more”.

Morell wants to be Hillary’s Kerry. He is a big liar and a creep. He threw the CIA and the analysts there under the bus. He made thing up about them.

PC and Muslim sensitivities drove the video bs. In reality that inflamed the ‘sesntitive’ 3rd century ones even more.

Hillary/obama/Morell have lots of blood on their hands.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Stepping over the bodies of four dead Americans, so they can attain their political aspirations. It’s sickening.

Hill60 on April 3, 2014 at 11:54 AM

What “lie” number are we on now? They will say anything to save another election.

Anybody who puts a checkmark behind the vote for a “D” in the next 2 election cycles is a fool.

Nat George on April 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Others include better outreach ahead of next year’s enrollment — educating people about the law’s deadlines, penalties and subsidies; improved best business pactices use of technology; and greater incentives, besides not having to pay a low penalty, to young people so they will enroll in health coverage.

Fixed it for Gibbsy. Nothing wrong with the technology as long as politics stay out of it. But yeah as noted by others, the goal is single payer with govt behind the wheel.

AH_C on April 3, 2014 at 12:01 PM

“I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,” he said to a notably surprised audience.

Huh? The employer mandate is a “small part of the law”? The Obysmal Administration has been touting for months that the individual mandate only affects 5% of the population. That means that everybody else (other than government employees and union members) is affected by the employer mandate.

We’ve already seen 6 million people lose their health insurance due to the individual mandate, and the losses could easily be 10 times higher under the employer mandate. If the employer mandate is enforced (or not enforced), it would be, as Joe Biden put it, “a big F’in deal”.

Steve Z on April 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

“And, most importantly, Gibbs said “health care has to add an additional layer of coverage cheaper than the plans already offered.””

Oh, you mean like a low cost catastrophic policy? The ones that earflaps mcsandtraps said were “sub par” and not worthy?

Yeah, we needed to trash the healthcare insurance industry, just so we could have fumbling d*ckmittens from the government ham fistedly put together a poor imitation of it. All for billions of dollars.

Yeah, heckuva job there lil’ choomie.

GrassMudHorsey on April 3, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Also up for debate — the honesty of the Obama administration claims made in defense of ObamaCare

Debate? It’s transparently clear that Dear Liar’s administration is nothing but dishonest on everything.

rbj on April 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

ObamaCare…….DESIGNED to fail since Day One! Hey! Anyone up for ‘single payer’?

Which is where they wanted to go in the first place.

GarandFan on April 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

And, most importantly, Gibbs said “health care has to add an additional layer of coverage cheaper than the plans already offered.”

ie; Junk plans – I thought those were rubbish?

Michh on April 3, 2014 at 12:09 PM

It was never meant to live. It was just a bridge to single payer.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Exactly. They don’t care if it works or not. They just want to get to single payer as quickly as possible.

They knew that this wouldn’t end up covering any more uninsured. Those uninsured don’t want to pay for coverage. If, like Obama says to do now, they wanted to cut out cable and cell phones etc. to afford insurance, they would already have done that if it were a priority to them. It isn’t.

Annielou on April 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Killing the employer mandate would be one way to improve the law —

What say you, Debbie?

BobMbx on April 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Hillary/obama/Morell have lots of blood on their hands.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM

And he did all this while Petraeus, still the head of CIA, was being blackmailed…..

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

It’s resemblance to what was shoved down our throats is becoming less and less all the time. We didn’t like it then, but it becomes even more distasteful with every unconstitutional change.
Oxymoron on April 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Doesn’t the distaste arise from the fear that the extralegal deferrals of those toxic features might provide the intended, blatant political cover, and not from the deferrals themselves? How can there be other than constituent outrage when the deferrals end, accompanied by a new, massive round of policy cancellations and employer plan terminations? Not to mention the accumulating experience of high premiums, high deductibles, narrower care networks and “liberty tax” enforcement? A relative handful of passengers boarding the Obamacare express is the Democrats’ high point. The actual ride will be so torturous that the inevitable train wreck will seem merciful by comparison.

Barnestormer on April 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I have said for some time the mandates are dead in the water and will never be enforced. The Administration, the courts or the next Administration will roll back the “minimum” policy requirements and people forced into the exchanges will go to private plans off exchange which are re instituted when the minimum requirements are relaxed. What will be left is poor basic coverage, at high cost for the poor and uninsured (due to lost coverage/illness) at bad hospitals with limited doctors. This could have been set up in 2010 at much less cost and Obama would be a hero now with Dems controlling the House and Senate. Fools all of them!

NYCMike on April 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Re-peal and Re-place.
It’s the ONLY way.

Pelosi Schmelosi on April 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Great article Ed, and the opposite of a stinkburger.

Chuck Schick on April 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

“Killed” by WHO? Is this just another edict to come down from our first imperial president? Who does he think he is?

Armyspouse on April 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM

In fact, a new study shows that the costs for compliance will run between $4800-$5900 per employee for large employers, and that’s not including the rapidly-rising costs of premiums.

This works out to about $3.00/hour. Hmmm. Why is this not as bad as a $3.00 raise in the minimum wage?

Steveangell on April 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

It was never meant to live. It was just a bridge to single payer.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I think Gibbs talking about how the mandate will die is a distraction.
The only way to single payer is to get the rest of the insured into ObamaCare.
Obama is probably working with business and the insurance companies behind the scenes to
have a massive shift to employees to ObamaCare.

Then they will have the “bridge” they need.

redguy on April 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

By the time this is over (if the GOP hasn’t rolled over on single payer) the only things left will be the higher premiums / deductibles, limited choice of Doctor / hospital, limited services , and oh yeah, the IRS having total access to your medical records and bank accounts. Mission Accomplished.

Whiterock on April 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

OT: Anybody here following the Mike Morell false testimony..?

d1carter on April 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Yep. Without any accountability in govt, these hacks feel free to make up whatever story fits at the moment.

Free Indeed on April 3, 2014 at 11:48 AM

They will all be covering up and lying until Obama gives them a pardon….

Come on, you know that is coming.

redguy on April 3, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Yes. Just try sweeping BBs up the driveway sometime. If that doesn’t convince you, try to get a herd of cats to do it for you.

I plan to steal the ‘BBs up the driveway’ analogy. +100.

Hoping and praying that the GOP doesn’t ‘fix’ this execrable set of laws before November. Their ineptitude at managing opportunity and problem solving is exceeded only by Democrats. Or a herd of cats.

orangemtl on April 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

If we kill the mandates that were supposed to fund it, then it’s NOT budget-neutral and the Reconciliation package should kick in and sunset this thing! (Provided that the standard package was fully put in.)

You shouldn’t be able to pass a new–all cost–social program under rules set up for “budget reconciliation”.

Axeman on April 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

White House used almost nothing but anecdote to sell this monstrosity,

They “sold” this like a tax hike is sold. It was shoved down our throats! [perhaps not the best analogy, but..]

The act of selling implies there’s a buyer. They don’t think of us as buyers but rather as cogs, ants, etc.

freedomfirst on April 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Why is there still a photo of Plouffe accompanying this post on the home page? If Gibbs is in the headline, Gibbs should be the photo (not that I want to look at either of them).

Missy on April 3, 2014 at 3:26 PM