July 6, 2014

Leftists quietly consider how to tinker with disaster known as ObamaCare [Darleen Click]

Fascism has its issues

Robert Gibbs’ prediction that Obamacare’s employer mandate would — and perhaps should — be jettisoned shocked Democrats back in April.

By July, the former aide and longtime confidant of President Barack Obama had a lot more company. More and more liberal activists and policy experts who help shape Democratic thinking on health care have concluded that penalizing businesses if they don’t offer health insurance is an unnecessary element of the Affordable Care Act that may do more harm than good. Among them are experts at the Urban Institute and the Commonwealth Fund and prominent academics like legal scholar Tim Jost.

The employer mandate, Jost wrote in a Health Affairs post in June, “cries out for repair.” Repealing it “might not be such a bad idea,” if it’s replaced with something better for workers and businesses. […]

Chris Jennings, a longtime health policy hand who helped the White House during the final implementation push, says the employer mandate has become a “political irritant” — although he didn’t take a stance on whether it should stay, go or be replaced with some other Democrat-blessed way of helping cover workers. […]

The main downside to eliminating the mandate, from the Democratic perspective? Money.

Bovine excrement. It was and still remains about one thing for the Ruling Party – Power. ObamaCare was to deliver 17% of the American economy into their hands and allow unprecedented regulatory power to the head of HHS.

The SCOTUS decision in Sebelius v Hobby Lobby has clawed back some of that. Hence the out-of-all-proportion histrionics in response.

And nothing quite says “blow to political power” than the prospect of Democrats taking it on the chin, again, when their bribery of ObamaCare recipients is yanked out from under them.

The Halbig case challenges the massive federal subsidies in the form of tax credits made available to people with financial need who enroll in the program. In crafting the act, Congress created incentives for states to set up health insurance exchanges and disincentives for them to opt out. The law, for example, made the subsidies available only to those enrolled in insurance plans through exchanges “established by the state.”

But despite that carrot — and to the great surprise of the administration — some 34 states opted not to establish their own exchanges, leaving it to the federal government to do so. This left the White House with a dilemma: If only those enrollees in states that created exchanges were eligible for subsidies, a huge pool of people would be unable to afford coverage, and the entire program would be in danger of collapse.

God willing.

h/t RS McCain

Posted by Darleen @ 10:44am

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Comments (12)

  1. “There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.” — Hubert H. Humphrey

  2. It has always been difficult to persuade people “We wish you well!” while beating them over the head with a truncheon. Can there be any doubt this will remain the case so long as pain can be felt?

  3. why do they need to repeal the employer mandate anyway

    food stamp can just ignore it

    it’s only the law

  4. Because if the employers are not required to sign up to the disaster-commonly-known-as-ObamaCare, that means that only those people who insist on ObamaCare being a success (progressives, Obamabots and the very poor)(BIRM) will actually sign up for it, and there isn’t enough money among them to make for a successful bakesale, much less a revamping of the entire health insurance industry, and it will go down as a bigger failure than cheese anvils, and will inexorably drag down those morons that support it in their wake, much as the Titanic pulled down all the deck furniture when it disappeared beneath the waves.

    That would also eliminate any chance of a progressive government solution to common problems being suggested at any point within the lifespan of anyone alive today. “We should let the government solve this problem!” “You mean like ObamaCare did? (uproarious laughter) Go get me a juice box, punk…”

  5. Hello, Single-Payer. My your white horse is nice.

  6. Well, Bob, I think that was the plan from the beginning. Everything else has been a well-orchestrated Kabuki theater.

    (I must denounce, denounce and denounce your “white horse” as racist. Sorry.)

  7. I understand, but it’s ‘raaaaacist‘ and I wear it as a badge of Honor in this world turned upside down.

  8. – OCare may eventually turn out to be the greatest political Trojan horse the moron Progressives have ever launched on themselves.

  9. – When all of Hollyweird is your pimp daddy and the jokes just write themselves.

  10. “We tried to polish the turd, but by golly, it just didn’t work.”

  11. – …..Which asks the serious question: “Wouldn’t Miley keeping a pet automatically constitute animal cruelty?”