Tuesday, July 2, 2013
OK, so today we learn that the Obama Administration has decided to put off the employer mandate, the requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees provided government approved insurance or face severe fines, until January 2015. Now, I’m sure our Supreme Leader has what will look like legitimate reasons for the delay, but it strikes me as ominous that the delay puts that requirement beyond the 2014 mid-term elections. It doesn’t take a Mensa member to see that this is purely a political decision, designed to mitigate the damage that will, hopefully, occur in next year’s Congressional contests. The decision to still require individuals to have government-approved health insurance or face a fine in January 2014 is still in place. Why? Because the fines won’t be payable until 2015 – again, after the election! However, if the business mandates were in place, businesses, as many are already doing, would begin mitigating their own exposure by laying off employees, delaying new hires, and moving existing employees to part-time, and these actions would be (and already are) highly unpopular with potential Democratic voters. Hey, gotta keep the masses on Kool-aid, eh? Time will tell how many fall for it. Some of us (apparently not enough!) had this fraud figured out in 2008.