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Former WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: Employer Mandate 'Will Be One of the First Things to Go'
Weekly Standard ^ | 04/03/2014 | Michael Warren

Posted on 04/03/2014 9:01:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Former White House press secretary Robert GIbbs said Obamacare's employer mandate will likely be scrapped. Speaking to a benefits industry convention in Colorado Springs, Gibbs, who served in the Obama White House from 2009 to 2011, said the mandate that large employers provide a certain level of health-insurance coverage to their employees

“I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,” Gibbs said, according to a report from

Gibbs's prediction comes just days after the extended deadline to sign up for health care insurance plans under Obamacare regulations. In February, the Obama adminsitration delayed the employer mandate's implementation a second time, this time to 2016.

Here's more on Gibbs's speech:

Killing the employer mandate would be one way to improve the law — and there are a handful of other “common sense” improvements needed as well, he said.

Others include better outreach ahead of next year's enrollment — educating people about the law’s deadlines, penalties and subsidies; improved technology; and greater incentives, besides not having to pay a low penalty, to young people so they will enroll in health coverage.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: employermandate; obamacare

1 posted on 04/03/2014 9:01:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well thank god the POTUS has the constitutional authority to do whatever he pleases whenever he pleases... /s

2 posted on 04/03/2014 9:05:24 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: SeekAndFind
Ah, so another reason why Obamacare will O-bomb-a-out. Do you hear that? It's the sound of silence coming from the other side - "NO ALTERNATIVE" to socialized healthcare being offered by the Right. That silence is music to the Marxists: next stop FULL GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTHCARE "because the half-measure Obamacare failed" and there's affirmative silence coming from the other side.

Instead, shout THE FREE MARKET ECONOMY as the alternative. At every opportunity we can, the Right needs to repeat the truth at least as much as the lie is being repeated: the truth that the VOLUNTARY MARKET ECONOMY FREE OF GOVERNMENT interference is not only the alternative to coercive socialist tyranny, it so outperforms poverty-creating socialism that there's no comparison.

3 posted on 04/03/2014 9:15:05 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

Rip it out.

4 posted on 04/03/2014 9:19:09 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"...It’s a small part of the law. ..."

Mr. Gibbs doesn't understand that this law has no severability clause. Trashing a small part of the law trashes the entire law.

5 posted on 04/03/2014 9:22:41 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

That seems to be a minor impediment to Obama and the Democrats doing whatever they want with regard to PPACA.

6 posted on 04/03/2014 9:29:20 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: SeekAndFind

He is right but for reasons he doesn’t state (but I suspect he knows). The employer mandate is a further nail in the coffin of what is left of the US economy.

Naturally, they won’t admit that. But the employer mandate has to go and they know it.

By the way, Hawaii has had an employer mandate that was not limited to businesses over 50 employees. It has hampered small businesses ability to compete against similar businesses throughout the Pacific Rim, both Asian and American. Businesses ‘outsourced’ much of their tech work to other countries and even other US states that did not have the employer mandate.

It also caused many businesses to hire more part time workers (under 20 hours per week) to avoid the mandate. .

If they had only looked at the Hawaii example they would have known sooner what a boondoggle the employer mandate is/was from a global business perspective.

7 posted on 04/03/2014 9:40:12 AM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: MNlurker

“I have spoken. Let it be writ, let it be done.”
The Boy King

Yeah, they have this incredible King Louis XIV attitude.
With this POS act, the Dums have gotten away with pretty much whatever they wanted.
On the other hand, it’s an admission: If part of it can be determined null and void—Employer Mandate ‘Will Be One of the First Things to Go’—then all of it can be tossed.
Repeal it, every word. It sucks, it’s a commie stinkburger.
And life in these US has gone to h*** since 2008.

8 posted on 04/03/2014 10:05:29 AM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Lorianne
I'm sure they did look at the Hawaii is just what they wanted.

Remember, the purpose here is to trash the economy and keep the recession going just like FDR did in the 30's. The only reason they're backtracking on these things is because their reps are in trouble...NOT because they want to do what's right.

9 posted on 04/03/2014 10:54:52 AM PDT by what's up (su)
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