Needless to say, I’m very disappointed in the latest move by the Obama Administration to delay the implementation of the PPACA:
Employers with fewer than 100 workers won’t have to provide health insurance until 2016 under Obamacare, as the administration said it would again delay a key requirement of the health law.
Larger firms have to cover at least 70 percent of the workforce starting next year, the Internal Revenue Service said in a rule issued yesterday.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act envisioned as a cornerstone of its expansion of U.S. insurance coverage that employers with 50 or more workers would be required to provide health benefits to their employees. Under pressure from business groups, the Obama administration has weakened that requirement since July, first by delaying enforcement of the mandate until 2015. Many firms will have even more time under the new regulation.
Some supporters of the PPACA, like Ron Fournier are increasingly frustrated with the administration:
It’s getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act. The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists, and naïve columnists like me came Monday from the White House, which announced yet another delay in the Obamacare implementation.
The win-at-all-cost mentality helped create a culture in which a partisan-line vote was deemed sufficient for passing transcendent legislation. It spurred advisers to develop a dishonest talking point—”If you like your health plan, you’ll be able to keep your health plan.” And political expediency led Obama to repeat the line, over and over and over again, when he knew, or should have known, it was false.
Defending the ACA became painfully harder when online insurance markets were launched from a multi-million-dollar website that didn’t work, when autopsies on the administration’s actions revealed an epidemic of incompetence that began in the Oval Office and ended with no accountability.
Then officials started fudging numbers and massaging facts to promote implementation, nothing illegal or even extraordinary for this era of spin. But they did more damage to the credibility of ACA advocates.
My criticism of the PPACA has always been that it was inadequate in addressing the real problem facing our healthcare system: rising costs. And, yes, costs have continued to rise—the rate of increase may have slowed but the costs are rising and not only has that resulted in ever fewer companies and individuals carrying insurance but it’s killing state and local governments which, in many cases, have no viable solutions to the problem.
The PPACA is the law of the land and unlikely to be repealed or even receive much in the way of maintenance for at least three years. Delaying aspects of implementation for what are manifestly political reasons makes it increasingly difficult to make a fair evaluation of what needs to be changed to make it workable. We need to take additional steps and that won’t be possible until we have a feel for the full implications of the law, which the administration’s most recent move has kicked further down the road.