This post is for Liberals who support the ACA: I’m just checking in with you on how your minds are holding up under the daily assault of the crumbling of lies coming from Barack Obama and his allies regarding the fatally flawed law known as Obamacare, or the “Affordable” Care Act.
A story I saw yesterday prompted my concern for you: it seems that Orwellian Newspeak is again in full swing, this time on a core part of the law, the employer mandate.
Remember this, from a year ago, in 2013?
…the administration on Tuesday abruptly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in his health care law’s mandate that larger employers provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties. <New York Times, July 2, 2013, link>
The manchurian gutted a major piece of his own law in this manner because he knew that Democrats running in this year’s midterms would face a firestorm of protest had the law been allowed to do what it was designed to do: that is, seek and destroy employers and jobs for the average American citizen. This firestorm will result when employers try desperately to avoid Obamacare’s financial penalties by firing employees to get below the 50-employee minimum (or reduce certain workers to part-time status, thus depriving them of making a living and forcing them to get a second job).
The decision postpones the effective date beyond next year’s midterm elections.
Right — keep the voters asleep for as long as possible, and once you’ve gotten past the midterm elections -BOOM, smash the faces of employers and average Americans. Nice guy, this Obama. God forbid the voters would be allowed to experience Obamacare in its full glory — oh no, can’t let the truth of it be known all at once.
But now it’s a year later, and the employer mandate, even though delayed, is still out there getting ready to destroy wealth and jobs…
Unless the Obama administration delays them further, the penalties are scheduled to go into effect next year on employers with more than 100 workers. The administration plans to impose penalties on employers with more than 50 full-time workers beginning in 2016.
SO GUESS WHAT: some of the original architects of the law are now saying that the employer mandate was “never really necessary”.
Isn’t that convenient?
This from two days ago:
Four years later and after repeated delays, the so-called employer mandate has become something of an orphan, reviled by the law’s opponents and increasingly seen as unnecessary by many of its backers. Twice in the last two years, the Obama administration has put off the penalties…<LA Times, link>
So the employer mandate is now an “orphan”?
Here comes the Orwellian language, courtesy of Dr. Bob Kocher, “former special assistant to the president for healthcare and economic policy” and a man who “worked extensively on the law in 2009 and 2010”:
The employer mandate is not an essential feature of the Affordable Care Act.
Is that so, Dr. Bob!
But Bob, what about this THIS inconvenient truth:
The penalties on employers that don’t offer coverage are slated to generate more than $100 billion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That money, which pays part of the cost of expanding health coverage, would be difficult to replace. <LA Times, link>
Dr. Bob, it would appear that you are a
And so much for “deficit neutral”.
Barack Obama and his Orwellian allies would have us believe that the (a) the ACA was deficit neutral in 2009 when it was passed, and (b) can still be deficit neutral even if mr. Obama removes, by fiat (in violation of his Oath of Office), a piece of the law that would have contributed $100 billion to the wealth redistribution of Obama’s socialized medicine.
If you are an Obama supporter, did you believe him then?
Do you believe him now?
And then there is the question of where that $100 billion will come from, I wonder?