Obamacare mandate delay isn't a major blow to law

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  • Updated: July 7, 2013 - 9:59 PM

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pumiceJul. 7, 13 9:39 PM

From the article: "Lawmakers paired the individual mandate with the employer mandate" It's more accurate to say that the Senate plan paired the individual mandate with the employer mandate. The House Bill had a public option which was compromised away in conference. Everyone knew it would be necessary to tweak ACA--implementing a law which affects 17% of GDP is an inordinately complex task. House Republicans are determined to sabotage healthcare reform. No tweaking; no modifying; no altering; no refining; no raising the hood and working on the problem.

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drfranktJul. 7, 1310:41 PM

"obamacare mandate delay isn't a major blow to law". ..Nope, it's political cover for the democrats in the 2014 elections. Nothing more, nothing less.

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kilofoxJul. 7, 1310:47 PM

They've had how many years to get this right but now have to delay it again. Don't look now but a major train wreck is on the way.

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crystalbayJul. 7, 1311:15 PM

Parts of the ACA are already working - and, working well. Over 500 million has been reimbursed to the states and individuals from the 80/20 rule; millions of young adults have been covered; people with pre-existing have been enrolled in a temporary high risk pool. After 100 years of almost every president's efforts to institute national health coverage, we finally have a solid start on treating our population like every other developed country has for decades. Of course there are speed bumps. Of course the bill needs tweaking. Of course the conservatives are doing every insidious thing they can to sabotage it. Of course, they have absolutely NO replacement in mind - only repeal.

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comment229Jul. 8, 13 4:27 AM

All I have to do, is look at the members of congress who are blatantly against Obamacare, to know it is something that I should support. There is no doubt in my mind, that they are not against Obamacare, but against Obama, and would throw any meaningful legislation under the bus, to make his administration look bad.

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comment229Jul. 8, 13 4:29 AM

PS... I also know there are many people against Obamacare because they have group policies and somehow, think everyone in the USA is in the same boat as them. There are many self insured Americans, many working two jobs like I did, that are hopeful that this legislation works well. The alternative proposed by the opponents of Obamacare, is nowhere to be seen except to trust the health care industry and look where that has got us in the last 30 years or so.

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squeezemeJul. 8, 13 5:29 AM

And so the media spins this lastest FAILURE of the Obama administration to not be a failure at all. Gee, if it is such a good idea, why must the employer mandate be delayed? Hmmm? Everyone has known about this employer mandate since Obamacare was signed into law March 23, 2010--almost three-and-a-half years ago!!! So why does this delay have to happen? Because if you READ THE REAL NEWS about the job market instead of relying on what the Star Tribune tells you you will discover that employers are CUTTING HOURS and hiring only temp workers to avoid having to comply with this Obamacare mandate. Not only that, but manufacturing in Mexico is SURGING while manufacturing in the United States continues CONTRACTING. The vast majority of the jobs added during the past few years have been part-time and low-paying jobs in retail and hospitality. Good jobs are leaving leaving leaving to get away from the Democratic Party. The U-6 unemployment number which includes those who are FORCED to work part-time because they CANNOT FIND full-time work increased from 13.8% in May to 14.3% in June--which is NOT a good sign for the job market. A 1/2 percentage increase in the number of workers working part-time because they cannot find full-time work in only one month is not good!!! (Reference: "Boffo BLS Jobs Data! But -- the New Jobs Are Only Part-time", pbs.org, July 5, 2013). By the way, the chief architect of Obamacare in the Senate, Democrat Max Baucus, called Obamacare a "TRAIN WRECK" a few months ago. Obamacare passed into law with ZERO votes from Republicans. More Democrats were opposed to Obamacare than Republicans in support. The only bipartisanship was in opposition. Democrats in the Senate had to BRIBE members of their own party to vote for this stupid bill. And now Obama single-handedly decides to DELAY the employer mandate until AFTER the 2014 election. Just like he insisted that Obamacare not take effect until after he had run for re-election so he could not be held accountable.

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perronjpJul. 8, 13 5:35 AM

Re: "Obamacare mandate delay isn't a major blow to law' - What planet is the author from? Pumice - Any law that is to consume or command 17% of our GDP should jump off the page as a bad idea. The CBO stated it was "revenue neutral" to give the DFL the cover they needed to vote for it. Now the CBO is so far distanced from that its credibility has been shattered. Any accountability in this law at all? When will the dems realize it for the boondoggle it is?

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nickgolf1Jul. 8, 13 6:47 AM

Let's stop calling the Affordable Care Act Obamacare. This is a term coined by Michelle Bachman. I find the term disrespectful to President Obama. Even though there are provisions of the act that some may not agree with, it was passed by congress.

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chuckdancerJul. 8, 13 6:52 AM

If you are covered by your employer sponsored health care plan and always have been, how have you been affected by the reform since it was passed? I would appreciate just the facts not the "possible" or "maybe" or "might".

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