In what NBC’s First Read calls a “perception problem for the White House,” and those of us here in Realityland call a major setback, President Obama decided to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s (AKA, Obamacare) employer mandate. Of course NBC defends the president’s decision, even while pointing out in the nicest possible way that it’s yet another problem for the struggling president. NBC’s take is that this is a “P.R. black eye for the White House,” but then concludes by saying that “the reality is a much more nuanced story.” In essence, NBC attempts to make the case that the president did the tough thing for all the right reasons.
In the Weekly Standard, however; James Capretta has a somewhat different take on the move. Capretta writes “the delay is an embarrassing move for the White House and will create some serious new headaches for Obamacare’s defenders.” Someone may want to get those Obamacare supporters some Advil; stat!
Capretta wonders if perhaps the Obama Administration has been hearing some threatening noises from the business community lately. More likely is that it’s been forced simply to bow to reality. The employer mandates, even pre-implementation, are already damaging the economy and will do exactly what many conservatives, such as those at Rightpundits.com, have been saying all along; force some employers and incentive others to drop medical care for millions of employees.
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