Pelosi: We’re keeping the employer mandate no matter what Gibbs’ clients want

posted at 3:21 pm on April 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs suggested that the employer mandate in ObamaCare would not survive, and he certainly has reason to think so. The White House keeps unilaterally changing the enforcement date and the parameters of the mandate, clearly hoping to escape political accountability for it when it finally takes effect. Yesterday, Candy Crowley asked Nancy Pelosi if Gibbs was right, but the House Minority Leader dismissed Gibbs’ prediction as just Gibbs speaking on behalf of his corporate clients:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested Sunday that former top Obama aide Robert Gibbs’s comment that the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act won’t survive might be related to Gibbs’s business interests.

“I don’t know who his clients are or what his perspective is,” Pelosi told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But we are celebrating the fact that we have over seven million who have signed up.” …

Asked again about Gibbs on Sunday, Pelosi expressed exasperation that his comments would be given such prominence. “I don’t know why we’re focusing on that,” she told CNN. “One person says one thing. Seven million people signed up.”

Yikes. I imagine that Gibbs won’t be too thrilled to have Pelosi imply that he’s a corporate shill. However, Pelosi seems a lot more effusive about the employer mandate than the Obama administration, perhaps because Gibbs and the White House sees what’s coming when it really hits.  HHS’ own data shows that as many as 93 million may lose their current insurance plans, and given what compliance costs will be for larger employers, a significant percentage of those may find themselves on the individual market as employers choose to pay fines rather than absorb the skyrocketing costs.

Pelosi is right about one thing, though, which is that all these pieces were designed to fit together. That includes the employer mandate. Without that penalty, employers would already be jettisoning health-insurance coverage and providing a lump-sum compensation boost instead. That would completely disrupt the insurance markets, force even higher premium increases, and exponentially increase the anger from the public over ObamaCare. The Obama administration and Democrats need the employer mandate in place in order to survive the next couple of election cycles. Don’t expect Democrats on Capitol Hill to let employers out of that cage, especially while the mandate stays in place on individuals. Otherwise, they will lose one of their biggest levers of power in this new command economy.


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Well, sure. It’ll still BE there. Its just that enforcement will be delayed until the year 2050 or something.

deadrody on April 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Don’t bet your next facelift on it Nan.

rplat on April 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

The elitist elite, out elite’ing a former elite.

Meople on April 7, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Well if the Employer Mandate is canceled or delayed until the next ice age, the whole thing comes crashing down. Without that money they are counting on from fines the Obamacare train leaves the tracks pretty quick. They can prop it up for a year or so, but beyond that the cost to everyone else in the pool starts to skyrocket. It will be pretty hard to hide that going into the 2016 elections.

Johnnyreb on April 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Blue on Blue bloodbath……love it….

Or it could be a planned set-up?

Who knows???

The solution is to stop voting for democrats and start clearing the government agencies of progressives.

That means passing laws that will enable the firing of all the dead rotten wood.

redguy on April 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Affordable, affordable, affordable mandate

Pless1foEngrish on April 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

No way. obama ain’t keeping any mandates. He’ll postpone them ’til 2017, one pen stroke, after the other.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Top Three Contributors to Pelosi Campaign 2013/2014:

Health Professionals $84,100
Lawyers/Law Firms $70,800
Securities & Investment $54,850

Shut up Nancy.

fogw on April 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

You can take the mobster’s daughter out of the mob, but you can’t take the mob out of the mobster’s daughter.

SteveThomas on April 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Won’t some journalist please go up to Napa Valley and see how many emloyees in the Pelosi Empire have health insurance (including the ones of questionable immigration status)?

MichaelGabriel on April 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Well if the Employer Mandate is canceled or delayed until the next ice age, the whole thing comes crashing down. Without that money they are counting on from fines the Obamacare train leaves the tracks pretty quick. They can prop it up for a year or so, but beyond that the cost to everyone else in the pool starts to skyrocket. It will be pretty hard to hide that going into the 2016 elections.

Johnnyreb on April 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I’m sorry, but that just isn’t the case. They will prop it up as long as they have to prop it up. They don’t care about the cost. They already have an insurance bailout warming up on deck. And the GOPe is right in lockstep with the Dims on blowing the debt “ceiling” into oblivion.

The Dims will continue to deny anyone at all is losing their coverage or being hurt by ObamaGlitch because the State-Run media will let them.

And the GOPe will allow them to get away with it all by fully buying into the “fix” mantra after the mid-terms.

They will team up with the Dims to ensure ObamaGlitch is kept, because that screws over Conservatives. As we all know, the GOPe hates Conservatives MUCH more than DimocRats.

Meople on April 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Tuna!!!

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Good Lord !! That photo of Pelosi !!

You can put lipstick on a pig

J_Crater on April 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

She’s more botoxed than LilliPutin.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Curse you for forcing me to look at that! I know what my nightmares will consist of this night.

Meople on April 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Nancy Pelosi is proof that too much botox and eventually it seeps into the brais.

neyney on April 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Has she even read the bill yet, how would she know?

Sven on April 7, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Meople on April 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Ha! Consider yourself lucky I gave her the 200 marks to cover that nasty bit up. ; ) P.S. If you see me load a Hillary piece…………………don’t click. You’ve been warned. Lolz!

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Keep talking, Nancy!

Go on a campaign tour in Alaska, Montana, South Dakota, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado, Michigan, Iowa, West Virginia, and Virginia with your Senator friends and tell everybody how wonderful Obamacare will be with the employer mandate.

C’mon, Nancy!!! We know what’s in it by now!!!

Steve Z on April 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

So Pelosi thinks Gibbs is “affordable, affordable, affordable.”

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

P.S. If you see me load a Hillary piece…………………don’t click. You’ve been warned. Lolz!

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Here are some sources to work with.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Ha! Consider yourself lucky I gave her the 200 marks to cover that nasty bit up. ; ) P.S. If you see me load a Hillary piece…………………don’t click. You’ve been warned. Lolz!

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

LOL, I am thankful for that to be sure. If you hadn’t, I would have to wash my eyes out with dish soap.

Meople on April 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Just stop funding it and channel the money to support medicare type quality of service and care availability. Just like it is now but without paying the government goons to enforce it, build databases, or convene death panels.

jake49 on April 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Lolz! Not fair, you saw one of the early sketches. However, yes those might come in handy. Thank you……..I think. ; )

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Good grief, she’s starting to look like Joan Rivers.

BeachBum on April 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Good grief, she’s starting to look like Joan Rivers Mickey Rooney.

BeachBum on April 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

FIFY

ToddPA on April 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

ToddPA on April 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Come on now Todd. Mickey doesn’t deserve that does he?

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Pelosi is half drunk here. Look at her nose. It’s red. She’s got a reputation of being a big booze hound. Same for Hillary Clinton.

TarheelBen on April 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Ed, who’s the cute young girl in the post photo you used?

Bmore on April 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

My God! How much Botox has she stuffed into that mug of hers??

AcronisF on April 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

At last one we agree on mofo.

slickwillie2001 on April 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

At last one we agree on mofo.

slickwillie2001 on April 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM

True, but for all who read, lostfluckerland said that about Jan Brewer of AZ.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

She us not so bad for being 86 years old.

Techster64 on April 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Pelosi: We’re keeping the employer mandate no matter what Gibbs’ clients want

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Who is the we in we’re, White Leather Paleface?

ExpressoBold on April 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Does the Queen of BOTOX know:

Almost 60 percent of American voters view Obamacare unfavorably, a Rasmussen report revealed Monday:

Despite the Obama administration’s claim that it has exceeded its March 31 goal of signing up seven million Americans through new health insurance exchanges, overall unfavorables for the health care law are up from 54% two weeks ago. Most voters have had an unfavorable opinion of the law in regular surveys since the beginning of last year. But the latest finding matches the all-time high first reached in mid-November.

Kapos on April 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I guess she forgot Gibbs isn’t the White House shill anymore and doesn’t have to blindly repeat their talking points. He’s evolved!

scalleywag on April 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Won’t some journalist please go up to Napa Valley and see how many emloyees in the Pelosi Empire have health insurance (including the ones of questionable immigration status)?

MichaelGabriel on April 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

…she’s not a Republican!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I suggest someone put her head under water and let her hyperventilate, talk, and wave her hands around for about 5 minutes. It would worsen the water quality, but improve the air quality of D.C.

avagreen on April 7, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Eating their own. Or is that Paloopsie just likes giving…oh, never mind.

vnvet on April 7, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Exit question: When was the last time Pelosi actually answered the question that she was asked?

GarandFan on April 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM