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Another Day, Another Unconstitutional Change

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

The Obamacare’s new mandate delays are a bid to save Senate Democrats from losing their election in 2014.The mandate delays are also a bid to save Obamacare’s health insurance exchange.   

It is strange that no one has noticed that the taxes resulting from Obamacare have not been waived.

An additional insider leaked delay in the law is coming up in the next few days. The hope of this next delay is to keep Obamacare off the minds of the voters in November 2014.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has steered the subject away from Obamacare in the news. 

President Obama has continued to spin Obamacare positively.

President Obama predicted at the House Democratic retreat on Friday that "10 years from now, five years from now" people will look back on the Affordable Care Act as "a monumental achievement."

Unfortunately Obamacare has so many defects that it continually reminds the American people it is a disaster.

The laws mandate requires businesses with the equivalent of 50 full-time employees based on a 30-hour work week to cover 100% of their workers or else pay a fine, starting Jan. 1, 2014.

The unconstitutional change is to push the deadline to 2016. President Obama also changed the definition of the category. The new category is a business with 100 or less people rather than 50 people working in the business. 

Businesses with more than 100 people employed full time will have to cover only 70% of their workers as opposed to 100% of their workers.

I think this will continue to prevent businesses from expanding and dampen the creation of jobs. Business does not trust President Obama anymore.

The only way for President Obama to alleviate labor market uncertainty would be to ask Congress to repeal the mandate permanently.

I am waiting for someone to challenge these ad hoc changes to Obamacare on constitutional grounds. No one has the guts in this election year.

I think healthcare insurance cancellations will still occur before the November 2014 elections.

Insurance companies are permitted to charge for Obamacare’s costly gold-plated "essential benefits" that all plans will have to cover. Insurance premiums will be unaffordable. The elimination of these essential benefits would reduce the cost for small business coverage.

We get it. President Obama does everything for his political benefit. He has created a political alibi of claiming to exempt some businesses so he can shift the blame to the insurers when the cancellations begin.

 The public will remember that he created the insurance burden and had also permitted the healthcare insurance industry to raise the price of premiums.

The mandate delays can also serve as another President Obama trick play. As small business employers drop coverage of their employees more employees will sign up for Obamacare health insurance exchange coverage.

 He might be surprised as more and more healthy people opt out of the insurance market to be self-insured.

The Obama administration is doing its best to eliminate high deductible insurance plans. However hospital systems are exempt from the Obama administration restrictions on high deductible plans.  They are adopting these plans in order to  gain advantage over their local competitors.

Obamacare enrollment has been abysmal through February. The administration has been very quite about the actual numbers as both Dick Durbin and President Obama are announcing that10 million have signed up. 

My guest is they will be lucky if 3 million have signed up and gotten insurance coverage. All of these probably have preexisting conditions and are at high risk for high cost.

This number is far below the 6.6 million people who have lost insurance in the individual market so far because of Obamacare.

The more lies we are told the more credibility and trust is lost and the less cooperation will be forthcoming.

America is waking up.

 The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone.

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