The verbal art of tap dancing out of sticky situations is a requisite for the position of White House Press Secretary. And Jay Carney clearly aspires to be the Fred Astaire of the modern era. Ed Henry pressed Mr. Carney on the obvious and inescapable hypocrisy of the Obama Administration when it comes to arbitrary delays in the implementation of Obamacare. Carney replied with his signature style of non-answer dripped in condescension.
Ed Henry dared to ask the White House Press Secretary why Republicans are portrayed as “irresponsible” for suggesting a delay in the individual mandate, when the White House has already taken it upon themselves to delay the Employer Mandate.
According to Carney, delaying the Employer Mandate (the portion of Obamacare that levies fines, taxes, and fees upon businesses that fail to provide employer sponsored healthcare coverage to its employees) was “the right and responsible thing to do, reacting in part to the requests of businesses to delay implementation of that for a year.” Um. . . Ok. But Carney went on to say that delaying the Individual Mandate is irresponsible because the individual mandate is “essential to ensuring that everyone in your extended family, who has a preexisting condition, can still get health insurance, and isn't blackballed by insurance companies to making that work.”
So, Carney, let me see if I have this correct: Relieving Employers from the requirement of providing health insurance, while simultaneously requiring that individuals cover themselves is somehow “responsible” governance? That means that if my employer drops my coverage (actually. . . I guess I’d have to get coverage first. . .) they don’t get fined. . . But I do.
Why businesses and not Individuals? Are Businesses more important to the White House? I mean, I understand that the White House decided to delay the employer mandate because some influential employers (read: “Businesses owned by Democrat Donors”) complained. . . But are my concerns not terribly important? I recall a ton of individuals upset about being forced to buy a product from a third party.
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