Of course, the Obama White House is vehemently denying the delay is linked to the website problems and the news media is going right along with it. Throughout the two week government shutdown, Obama vilified Republicans, literally skewered them in the court of public opinion, for trying to delay implementation of Obamacare. Yet after Obama gets everything he wants in the shutdown and debt ceiling standoff with no Obamacare strings attached, he turns around and does exactly what House Republicans demanded. He delays the individual mandate and watch this won’t be the only delay.
I said repeatedly House Speaker John Boehner’s strategy of delaying the individual mandate for a year was good one but it got lost in a small band of House Republicans’ push for defunding Obamacare, led by their Pied Piper Senator Ted Cruz . Republicans need to hammer away at Obama, daily, for stealing their idea of delaying the individual mandate. Speaker Boehner and the rest of the House GOP leadership also need to remind the American people this delay along with many others like the White House delaying the employer mandate for a year, which requires businesses to provide coverage employees, indicates the president himself realizes Obamacare isn’t working!
Equally amusing is Democrats lecturing Republicans saying they should help Obama fix the problems with the law’s rollout. Why on earth would the GOP help fix Obamacare? In 2010 then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid passed the bill without a single Republican vote. Democrats own Obamacare-- all 11 billion words of the regulation. (The US Constitution is comprised of a mere 4500 words.) Democrats should try to fix it themselves before it literally crashes under its own bad weight of glitches. But with each passing day Obamacare looks too broken to fix. You can’t put lipstick or another $1 trillion on this dying pig.