We’re starting to think perhaps the schmucks who voted for this mess should have read the bill to see what’s in it.
“As a political matter, this is not good,” said CBS’s John Dickerson. “It sort of contributes to the feeling that the Affordable Care Act is a jalopy they’re trying to roll out of the driveway at barely operational for the president. So that’s not good. The White House made the decision, though, take the pain now before the July 4th weekend rather than have all of these stories over the next year of companies that were laying off workers or having such a hard time implementing this.”
Do they honestly believe employers will start hiring instead? Are they deluded enough to think there’s only pain for them during the July 4 holiday? They’re more arrogant and clueless than we gave them credit for.
For starters, the delay confirms precisely what the critics have been saying all along: That Obamacare is a huge burden on the economy that will reduce employment and stifle wages. By delaying enforcement of the mandate, and citing complaints from employers as the reason, the Obama administration is essentially conceding this point. How do Democrats defend the law now that the administration has admitted it has the potential to harm business vitality and job growth?
And if the law has that potential now, why wouldn’t it have it in a year? Next year, with the mid-term election approaching, how would Democrats resist pushing the employer mandate back again, to 2016, or 2017? A one-year delay will also be interpreted by the business community as the first step in the ultimate repeal of the mandate, and such an expectation could easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
There should be enormous momentum to now repeal this disaster. At the very least it giftwraps a campaign issue for the GOP in 2014, but knowing them they’ll find a way to screw it up.