Robert Gibbs Thinks the Employer Mandate Is Doomed

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 7:51 am

One of President Obama former top advisors, Robert Gibbs, thinks the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act will never become a reality. From benefitspro: “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,” he [...]

The Three Types of Problems With the Affordable Care Act

By: Monday December 9, 2013 8:34 am

When talking about issues with the Affordable Care Act it’s important to remember its problems fall into three basic categories: Implementation, Design, and Foundational. Most of the currently focus has been on implementation problems. Agencies not doing the job they were supposed to do. These include a broken website or not getting information to the [...]

CBS News Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Apparently Just Discovered Three Year Old CBO Report

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 10:34 am

Maybe if the media had done a better job pointing out Obama’s “if you like it you can keep it” promise was lie at the time, he wouldn’t have used it so often to stifle legitimate criticism and we might have ended up with a better bill.

ACA Exchanges Still Have Some Serious Glitches

By: Thursday September 26, 2013 9:38 am

Not everything is going to be ready as planned on October 1st when the health care exchanges are scheduled to open. More significant glitches and problems have emerged. According to the AP, small businesses will not be able to sign up online right away. Instead they will need to use mail or fax. And the Spanish [...]

RAND: One Year Delay in Employer Mandate Is Manageable but Repeal Would be Very Costly

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 9:49 am

The RAND Corporation is out with a new study looking at what impact President Obama’s decision to delay the employer mandate for a year will have. Their results find the impact in 2014 will be manageable as long as it is truly just for one year. According to RAND, this delay will only result in [...]

The Employer Mandate Is Not a Minor Add-on

By: Monday August 19, 2013 7:41 am

Since the Obama administration decided to delay the employer mandate I have noticed a disturbing trend where the defenders of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are aggressively downplaying the role of the employer mandate. The latest example is Paul Krugman calling it “minor.” From Krugman: So there you have it: health reform is a three-legged [...]

Delaying the Employer Mandate Is a Significant Financial and Policy Move

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 7:52 am

The Obama administration has repeatedly tried to downplay the importance of its decision to delay the employer mandate for a year, but it is actually one of the most significant unilateral actions taken by this president. It will have substantial policy and financial implications next year. According to the CBO, the move will cost the [...]

Obama Will Veto Bill to Make His Decision on the Employer Mandate Legal

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:37 am

The political genius of John Boehner’s plan for dueling votes today on the individual and employer mandate is on full display with President Obama incredibly bizarre veto threat. Obama says he will not only veto the bill to delay the individual mandate but will also veto the bill to make his plan to delay the [...]

Administration to Let Employers Avoid Mandate by Offering Worthless Insurance

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 10:09 am

The Obama administration will allow employers to effectively avoid much of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act by offering basically worthless insurance. From Politico: But some companies plan to offer “skinny plans” designed to duck the biggest penalties anyway, according to industry consultants. And the Obama administration has extended its blessing to this [...]

If You Haven’t Figured Out How to Make the Employer Mandate Work Yet, How Will Another Year Help?

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 10:54 am

The most concerning aspect about the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate is the justification for the delay. The Treasury Department is basically claiming that the reporting system they originally created to try to make the poorly designed mandate work is incredibly burdensome. From the Treasury: The Administration is announcing that it will [...]

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