When the Obama administration last week abruptly put off the health insurance mandate for businesses with 50 or more workers, a White House spokesman said the move should "inspire confidence."
Moving the deadline back -- business now will have until 2015 rather than 2014 to either provide employees insurance or pay a fine --has inspired a lot of reactions: confusion, anger, suspicion, cynicism, to name a few. But confidence isn't on anyone's list. Even the AFL-CIO, a big supporter of the Affordable Care Act, is grousing.
Apparently implementing this law is a lot more difficult than passing it. Remember in 2010 when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said, "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy." Sounds as if the politicians who supported it didn't know what was in it, either.
Or maybe implementation isn't the problem at all. Maybe Democrats wanted the deadline pushed back until after the 2014 midterm elections for fear of political fallout.
What's most perplexing to us is that businesses are getting a break but individuals are not. Individuals will still have to either buy insurance starting in 2014 or pay a fine. How is that fair? Logically, employers should go first so individuals will know whether or not they have insurance.
One of the problems with Obamacare has been the uncertainty it has created. That's a big part of the reason the U.S. economy remains in such a funk. The last thing America needed was more uncertainty over health insurance; unfortunately, that's what we're getting.