Pardon me while I wipe away the tears of appreciation for the Obama administration’s decision delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate until 2015. The compassion of the administration for businesses struggling to figure out and comply with this regulatory behemoth is overwhelming.
My joy is only slightly diminished by the cynics out there who suggest that the move was purely political in order to get Obamacare’s enablers through another election cycle. The mere suggestion that when people finally “see what is in it” (see Nancy Pelosi’s famous comment) they would react unfavorably at the polls in 2014 is further evidence of the vast right-wing conspiracy.
Never mind that small businesses are still going to be hit with the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), which will increase the cost of insurance regardless of the delayed employer mandate. Never mind that the plans businesses have already made to cut workers hours to get below the magic 30 hours for full-time employees will continue as they now have an extra year to get it done. Never mind that those employees getting their hours cut will have to work two jobs to try and make up the lost income. Never mind that they still will not be able to afford healthcare after the price spikes because of other Obamacare provisions. Never mind that they will still show up at the ER for uncompensated care and just pay the fine under the individual mandate. Never mind that when the dust settles we will have a single payer plan and it will be called Medicaid.
No, this is a time for joy and gratitude. I am verklempt.