If you like your Dems, you can keep them!
That seems to be the motivation behind the ObamaCare delay du jour, which would help the President’s party dodge some of the health care backlash at the ballot box.
Like the last 29 ObamaCare deferrals, insiders say the new announcement is designed to give liberals cover heading into the midterm elections.
Rumors were flying faster than Mardi Gras beads on Capitol Hill today about the decision to push the deadline for noncompliant plans past December 31.
Of course, nothing in the legislation gives the White House the power to bypass parts of the law for political reasons — but unfortunately, that’s never stopped the administration before. Not surprisingly, this latest disruption is tied to the President’s infamous promise that Americans could keep the plans they liked.
To ease the pain of that betrayal, the White House offered to let insurers keep offering the policies that didn’t meet ObamaCare’s standards. “The President has called those plans ‘bad apples,'”
Bryan Preston writes, “but for political reasons, they’re good enough now.”
Initially, the administration punted until year-end, giving plan holders an extra year to adjust to the news that they’d need to find another policy or be dropped altogether.
There’s just one snag with the strategy.
While the deadline doesn’t expire until December, insurance companies are required to give consumers 90-days notice before their plan is dropped. In other words, the wave of cancellation letters would start hitting mailboxes on October 1, barely a month before voters head to the polls.
With the insurance ax already falling on 6.2 million Americans, a flood of cancellations in October may as well double as GOP campaign ads.
Although the timetable for the delay is unclear, experts wonder if the administration will punt on the minimum standards requirement through 2016, so that it wouldn’t be used against the Democratic presidential candidate.
For all the people waiting for transparency from this administration, this is certainly transparent!
America should be able to see right through these motives (though I don’t suppose we can take anything for granted in a country that reelected the man responsible for this $3 trillion debacle).
For all the effort and expense that went into passing the health care law, it is stunning how little of it the President wants to implement.
Meanwhile, the implications of his lawlessness on future presidencies couldn’t be more devastating. In five short years, President Obama has taken a quantum leap in pushing the balance of power. If people from both sides stepped back and looked dispassionately at what’s happening to our system of government under this administration, they might wake up in time to pull America back from the brink.
Because, as it currently stands, the precedent of operating outside the boundaries of the White House’s authority is a bad precedent — no matter who’s in authority.