Skip to comments.Obama Is Embarrassed by Obamacare
Posted on 07/09/2013 8:04:15 AM PDT by Kaslin
Barack Obama assured us that, after his signature legislation Obamacare went into effect, we would surely like it. Now Obama has decided he doesn't want us to find out how it affects us until after the 2014 elections.
Obamacare is designed to force employers of 50 or more full-time employees to provide comprehensive health insurance that includes a mandate to pay for an abortion-inducing drug. The penalty for non-compliance is a tax of $2,000 per fulltime employee per year (beyond the first 30), and the Internal Revenue Service was supposed to start collecting the penalties on Jan. 1.
Obama apparently thinks he can conceal the mess he created, which even the Democrats who voted for it now call a "train wreck," by simply postponing the effective date of the employer mandate one year. But the Obamacare law, as upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, unambiguously states: "EFFECTIVE DATE ... The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013."
Obama has no authority to alter the timetable of the law's implementation. Maybe he should actually read the 2,700 pages of text in the Obamacare law and its 20,000 pages of regulations.
Obama doesn't seem to care whether his order to delay Obamacare is lawful or not. He wants to avoid the trouble the destructive employer mandate would cause for Democratic candidates before the next election of the House of Representatives, an election he deems critical to his plan to "fundamentally transform the United States."
The postponement of the employer mandate is not the first setback to the Obamacare timeline. A few months ago, the Obama administration quietly announced that the federally run state-level exchanges will not offer a choice of plans to employees of small businesses until after the 2014 elections.
The one-year extension for employers will create havoc in the exchanges where individuals are supposed to buy next year's health insurance. The government admitted July 5 that it won't be able to verify whether applicants qualify for the subsidies that are supposed to make the required coverage "affordable" but plans to give out the subsidies anyway.
Meanwhile, Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid is being rejected by the states. After the Supreme Court's June 2012 decision in NFIB v. Sebelius gave states the OK to reject this expansion, 27 of 50 states did not implement Obamacare's Medicaid plan.
States were wise to reject this very expensive Medicaid expansion.
Obamacare required that anyone with income below 133 percent of the poverty level would be eligible for Medicaid and sought to expand eligibility to able-bodied, non-elderly, childless adults, that is, to people without dependents who were able but perhaps unwilling to support themselves.
In addition to having sections of Obamacare postponed and rejected outright, Obamacare is also failing to fulfill Obama's promise that it would decrease the deficit. The funds that were supposed to pay down the deficit included the money anticipated to flow from the penalty payments made by employers who refused to obey the mandate to provide comprehensive healthcare to their employees.
Now that employers will not be required to pay those fines in 2014 for violating the mandate, and indeed will not even be required to report whether they are complying, it is obvious that Obamacare will not produce the promised deficit reduction.
This isn't the first time Obama has taken actions that are clearly in violation of our laws. For example, two federal courts have ruled against him for making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was not in recess.
Obama unlawfully removed the work requirement from the 1996 welfare reform law signed by President Bill Clinton, even though the law explicitly prohibits waivers to the work requirement. That reform required most welfare recipients to actually work or be in job training in order to receive welfare.
Obama simply used executive orders to pretend to legislate the DREAM Act, which Congress has repeatedly refused to pass. His bypassing of the law was so out of line that even his former economic adviser remarked, "I don't totally get how the president can do this through executive order."
Obama had the Department of Homeland Security implement key measures of the DREAM Act in order to essentially grant amnesty to many illegal aliens. Because of the large number of applications for amnesty, background checks were given up in favor of so-called "lean and lite" procedures.
By the way, that is exactly what will happen to background checks for the 11 million illegal aliens who hope to be granted U.S. residency by the amnesty bill now awaiting action in the House. If the background check of the Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev couldn't discover his obvious terrorist plans, what hope do we have for background checks of the 11 million?
He’s drinking something all right.
If he really said this, what would he do, as has been speculated, that the Chinese navy sink one of our ships, on purpose?
The only thing he’s embarrassed about is that his name will be inextricably linked to it if it crashes and burns.
If we had chosen to call it Pelosicare he’d be totally cool.
Sorry, but embarrassment, along with shame, regret, remorse and humility, are not in this guy’s emotional portfolio.....
Obama is not embarrassed by Obamacare. The bill is going exactly as predicted. Right now, Obama is on a campaign to get as many people signed up, without proper ID or qualification as possible, including illegal immigrants. So that it will be impossible to either deny the illegals government subsidies on the insurance or require proof of citizenship. It’s a twofer law. The illegals get subsidized healthcare and then we may as well give them citizenship.
Obama is an emabarassment to America and its history...
Those incapable of discerning how WRONG they are cannot feel shame. Their pride lifts themselves, in their minds, above man and God.
Einstein didn’t say that.
Obama and comrades have been planning this take over their whole lives. If you think Obama is embarrassed you are not understanding the intention.
The republicans mute themselves, and the media mutes them further.
They really seem inept at seizing the national dialogue. I can tell them how to do it in about 5 sentences but then that’s the way they are on all kinds of things, aren’t they?
The only party I hate more than the republicans is the democrats.
Like so many things that “definition of insanity” quote is so overused.
I don’t think it’s even a good definition of insanity.
Then again, it does describe liberals and their repetitive failures.
Liberal elites are such jerks.
1. She is not in Washington
2. She has no power (yet) to do a thing
We know the answer. D.C. won't & the people won't. I am surprised that he has been so tame. Most all pols are compromised so they are neutered. Personally, I want him to push it further & further & I'll show you NOTHING will be done about it. He is frickin king. Just suck it up & let the TSA do as they will.
Perhaps when this piece of mystery meat leaves the White Hut America may be just on life support. A true right winger may emerge that will resuscitate our poor sick country.
How Americans can tolerate what this asshat and his minions have done to this nation is simply sickening.
Of course his predecessors need to be kicked around and clubbed for a while too. GWB was absolutely no great shakes.
We need a guy or gal that has read their history and has moxie and is fearless. The gal from Alaska and the guy from Arizona might very well fill the bill. (I’m not referring the jackass McCain). We need an American Summer, or Winter, or Fall, or whatever as long as our central socialist government is cleansed to the point that it’s merely a slim, trim, God-fearing Federal government.
And no more pedestalizing homosexuals, lesbians and those who have had their gonads removed.
In taking a second look at this photograph I can see how many people who call themselves Americans could swell with pride at the sight of this striding fearless person.
This $hithead is embarassed at nothing, because, he never makes mistakes!
No he isn’t. This encourages people to sign up AND it punishes states that have said NO.
It was part of the plan.
Actually I think the plan is to botch this present Obama-care system so bad, that the government will decide to go to single payer system. Exactly what Obama wanted in the first place.