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article imageAnother major Obamacare mandate delayed for a year

By Larry Clifton     Nov 27, 2013 in Politics
Washington - Slammed by the flubbed rollout of Obamacare and plummeting in national polls after millions of Americans saw their health insurance cancelled, the administration is set to delay another major element of the health care law.
Wednesday, the administration will reportedly announce a one-year delay in the Obamacare mandate that would have allowed small businesses to go online and get insurance for their employees through the website of the federal marketplace.
The administration previously delayed online enrollment for small businesses, scheduled to start on Oct. 1, until the end of this month.
Mr. Obama recently apologized for repeatedly promising Americans they could keep their insurance. He often made the pledges while campaigning for his own re-election. The last delay in Obamacare suspended 2014 Obamacare enrollment until after the 2014 elections. Democrats who voted for the partisan HCA and face November elections are looking for political cover.
While Obamacare has been unpopular since before its inception, recent polls show Americans’ disapproval with the legislation has grown tremendously as their policy deductibles rise along with monthly premiums. Meanwhile, confusion over the law has confounded the insurance industry and consumers alike.
Younger, healthy Americans, voting block Democrats take for granted, are learning that their policies will provide the least coverage at the highest cost. It is imperative that young healthy Americans enroll by the millions in order to pay for Obamacare.
“We plan to offer online enrollment capability by November 2014, for coverage that takes effect in January 2015,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a series of questions and answers.
Analysts say Mr. Obama is trying to appease endangered Democrats up for election in 2014 by delaying mandates of the program they voted for and that he signed off on. An administration document that attempts to explain the latest change said: “Employers can’t apply for SHOP eligibility or enroll in SHOP coverage on at this time. However, they can go to to view plan and pricing information to help them choose a plan and insurance company.”
The number of policy cancellations is expected to grow by more than 80 million next year as employers stop offering health care policies to employees due to substantial increases in corporate costs required under Obamacare.
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