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7/3/2013 (9 months ago)

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Now claims mandate is too complicated for employers.

The Obama administration  has backed off of a requirement that would compel employers to provide insurance for employees. The employer mandate is postponed for another year, until after the 2014 midterm elections.

Obamacare's regulations are longer than any other written work in existence.

Obamacare's regulations are longer than any other written work in existence.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/3/2013 (9 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Obamacare, Employer Mandate, insurance, costs, individuals, market, midterm, elections


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The political situation is beginning to look exceedingly grim for Obama and the Democrats as rage mounts against his administration. With the revelations about PRISM, and other scandals, even those on the political left are outraged.

Republicans are poised to take advantage and will likely sweep to power in next year's midterm elections.

In an effort to stave off what could be an inevitable defeat, the Obama administration has chosen to delay implementation of the employer mandate for another year, until after the midterm elections.

The employer mandate requires employers to provide mandatory insurance coverage if they have more than 50 full-time employees. This has compelled some employers to cut their workforces or to reduce working hours to avoid the requirement.

Obamacare is predicted to come as a financial disaster for businesses who will now bear the brunt of rising healthcare costs. The costs of Obamacare are so great that many financial analysts say that it will probably be cheaper for companies to refuse to provide coverage and pay the fines associated with non-compliance instead.

The Obama administration claims the employer mandate, one of the more easily understood planks of the byzantine plan, is being delayed because it is proving too complex for employers. This is contrary to the administration's earlier claims that Obamacare was a simple plan. Of course, there's very little that's simple about Obamacare, so the delay should be helpful.

Despite the delay for employers, individuals will be left behind. The individual mandate takes effect on January 1, and now there will be a gap for those whose employers now have another year to provide coverage. This will force more workers into the individual market where they will face the full brunt of the Obamacare's expenses.

This reveals Obama's truest loyalties, which are to moneyed interests rather than individuals. Businesses which will benefit from the delay will now have more money to donate to political campaigns since they won't be shelling out for insurance and taxes.

Let's hope if they do donate, it's to the right political party.

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