Emperor Barry delays ObamaCare mandate yet again, pushing it back beyond the fall elections. So who’s the traitor, the man who advocates legislative action to change “the law of the land” or the one who violates that law by personal fiat?
The White House will delay yet again the requirement that insurers offer Obamacare-compliant plans, avoiding for an unknown period what would be for Democrats a politically catastrophic move to strip voters of their current insurance.
Late last year, amid accusations that he had lied when he promised voters, “If you like your insurance you can keep you insurance,” Obama delayed until January 1, 2015 the deadline for insurers to offer everyone a plan that hews to Obamacare’s strictures.
But this would still have caused problems for Democrats later this year as people began receiving their current-plan cancellation notices in advance, within weeks of Election Day.
According to The Hill, the White House will move as early as this week to remove the issue from Democrats’ list of 2014 problems:
As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.
The Hill, an independent publication that is the top news outlet covering Congress, does not hesitate to highlight the political intent of the decision:
Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.
The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.
The White House is intent on protecting its allies in the Senate, where Democrats face a battle to keep control of the chamber.
A one-year moratorium pushed the deadline beyond the midterm election, but insurers must send out cancellation notices 90 days in advance. That would mean notices in the mail by Oct. 1, five weeks before voters go to the polls.
UPDATE: Just for fun, I looked back for Cruz comments from FWIW’s pet asshole, Dollar Bill. There are many; here’s just one.
You know your political party is screwed when it’s standard bearers like Ted “I get my health care from Goldman Sachs” Cruz offer nothing on reforming and overhauling our grotesquely inefficient system of health care, but is content merely to chortle from the sidelines and attack, attack and attack the law of the land and sabotage it.[emphasis added] . Reached for comment, Randbot spokesman CF muttered “tort reform! “free market health care! “single payer is the devil’s handmaiden” Ooh, my head hurts!