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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Obama Embarrassed by ObamaCare

Barack Obama predicted that after his health care takeover called ObamaCare went into effect, we would surely like it. But his crystal ball didn't give him an accurate prediction, and now he has decided he doesn't want us to find out how it affects us until after the congressional elections next year.

ObamaCare is designed to force employers of 50 or more fulltime 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 employee per year, and the Internal Revenue Service was supposed to start collecting these penalties on January 1. Obama apparently thinks he can conceal the mess he created, which even the Democrats who voted for ObamaCare now call a "train wreck," by simply announcing that the employer mandate will be delayed a year. But the ObamaCare law, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, states unambiguously that the law "shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013."

Obama doesn't seem to care whether his order to delay ObamaCare is lawful or not. At all costs, he wants to avoid the any damage that these penalties would cause to Democratic candidates before the next election of the House of Representatives. He thinks that election is crucial to his plan to "fundamentally transform the United States."

When selling ObamaCare health care to Congress and the American people, Obama claimed that this law would decrease the deficit. The funds to pay down the deficit were the monies he anticipated would come from the penalty payments made by employers who did not obey the mandate to provide healthcare to their employees. Now that employers will not be required to pay those fines for violating the mandate, it is obvious that ObamaCare will not produce any deficit reduction.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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