From the Washington Post:
The Obama administration will not penalize businesses that do not provide health insurance in 2014, the Treasury Department announced Tuesday.
Instead, it will delay enforcement of a major Affordable Care Act requirement that all employers with more than 50 employees provide coverage to their workers until 2015. …
The Affordable Care Act requires all employers with more than 50 full-time workers provide health insurance or pay steep fines. That policy had raised concerns about companies downsizing their workforce or cutting workers’ hours in order to dodge the new mandate.
In delaying the enforcement of that rule, the White House sidesteps those challenges for one year. It is also the second significant interruption for the Affordable Care Act, following a one-year delay on key functions of the small business insurance marketplaces.
Gee, “concerns about companies downsizing or cutting workers’ hours?” If those employers explained to their laid off employees that they got pink slips because of Obamacare, how would that look? That’s a non-starter for the democrats in an election year, which is certainly why the Regime wants to “sidestep” them.
This decision doesn’t eliminate the individual mandate, but no worries. If employers don’t have to provide insurance, more people can take advantage of those cool state exchanges that are so fantastic that the One is recruiting librarians and school children to try to sell them to a skeptical public.
Don’t worry, Bitter Clinger. It won’t hurt a bit. Just close your eyes and keep repeating “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Medicaid for all!