Obama’s $62 billion unconstitutional maneuver
Daily Daller – Betsy McCaughey – 7/12/2013
Betsy McCaughey has actually read ObamaCare – She gives an easy-to-understand explanation of the Obama administration’s unconstitutional costly maneuvers.
The Obama administration disguised last week’s edict delaying the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate as administrative tweaking. White House advisor Valerie Jarrett told reporters the impact would be miniscule, because 95 percent of employers subject to the mandate already provide coverage. Don’t be fooled by that figure. The delay could add over $60 billion to the cost of Obamacare in 2014 alone, affect 10 million workers, and double enrollment on the exchanges.
Delaying the employer mandate was likely a last ditch maneuver to avert an under-enrollment crisis on the health exchanges. Success depends on enrolling young, healthy adults and families whose minimal health needs will offset the cost of the sick and middle aged, a process scheduled to begin on October 1. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius begged the NBA and the NFL to coax their fans into signing up for exchange plans.
All in all, the administration’s edict puts 10 million workers between a rock and hard place. Sign up for an exchange plan, or pay a penalty to the IRS for not being insured. The average single man earning $29,000 a year before tax will get some subsidy but will still have to write a check every month for roughly $137. That’s for the cheapest plan with a $5,000 deductible. It’s a raw deal, and many single people will opt for the $95 penalty instead.
If half of these 10 million workers go to the exchange and enroll with their spouses and dependent children, the cost to taxpayers will be a staggering $52 billion the first year, even after subtracting the $95 per-adult penalty the other half will pay. (The average subsidy will be $5,290 according to the Congressional Budget Office.) Add to that the $10 billion in foregone penalties the CBO had predicted the employer mandate would yield the first year, and the cost of delaying the employer mandate one year could total $62 billion. With NO CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL.
In California, the SEIU, the AFL-CIO and the NAACP are already conducting door to door canvassing, phone banks and robocalls to encourage people to sign up for exchange plans. AND THE STATE HAS MANDATED THAT VOTER REGISTRATION WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO THE PROCESS.
Obamacare imposes an employer mandate beginning on January 1, 2014. Only Congress has the constitutional authority to change that date. We the People must not allow the administration to defy the Constitution, increase the cost of Obamacare by at least $62 billion next year alone, and herd millions of people into taxpayer funded health plans whether they are eligible or not.
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