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Giuliani to PJM: Dems Scared Obamacare Will Cost Them in 2014 Midterms

Obama should “delay the whole thing permanently.”

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Nicholas Ballasy

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July 12, 2013 - 12:14 am
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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told PJ Media that rather than delay the employer mandate in the healthcare law, President Obama should “delay the whole thing permanently.”

Compared to businesses, Giuliani said “private individuals” are going to have a more difficult time coping with the law’s rules and regulations.

“I think he should delay the whole thing permanently. I think it is very strong evidence that the whole bill is flawed. After all, this bill was passed several years ago, right. If you have to delay it in order to implement it, there’s something fundamentally wrong with it,” Giuliani told PJ Media on Capitol Hill.

“I mean, he should also delay the sanctions for individuals. Why are only businesses – in fact, businesses can prepare themselves better than private individuals can so necessarily he should also delay the sanctions for private individuals which means he should delay the whole thing.”

The healthcare law requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance for all of their workers or face a penalty of $2,000 per employee.

According to the law, those working over 30 hours per work are considered full-time.

Companies like Darden Restaurants have announced that they are cutting workers’ hours to avoid the added costs of insuring every worker. Some colleges and universities have said they cannot afford to cover every employee, as the law requires, so they have to reduce adjunct faculty members’ hours.

“As you probably know, the Affordable Care Act has redefined full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week,” said Community College of Allegheny County President Alex Johnson in an email announcement.

“As a result, the college must adjust hours of some temporary part-time employees and adjuncts to comply with the new legislation’s conception of part-time employment.”

The law also requires every American to purchase health insurance or pay a fine to the IRS.

“I mean, the whole thing was a mistake in the first place. It was a big disaster. It cost the Democrats the elections in 2010. I think they are very frightened it’s going to cost them the elections in 2014 because the bill is totally flawed,” Giuliani told PJ Media.

“When an administration has to hold off a bill like this, it indicates there’s something fundamentally wrong with it.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said delaying the mandate until 2015 gives businesses “flexibility” to prepare for the full implementation of the law.

“This was the law. How can they change the law?” said Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, according to The New York Times.

Carney was asked on Wednesday for his response to Harkin suggesting that Obama lacks the authority to halt provisions of the law.

“The fact of the matter is this is not unusual, and it is done — it is — it is evidence of the kind of flexibility and deference to the concerns and interests of, in this case, a small percentage of American businesses with more than 50 employees that you would think Republicans would support, because you know and I know that their concern is not that we delayed the implementation of an aspect of this law, one provision of it; it’s that they want to try everything they can to undermine the implementation of this law,” Carney said.

“People who suggest that there’s anything unusual about the delaying of a deadline in the implementation of a complex and comprehensive law are, you know, deliberately sticking their heads in the sand or are just willfully ignorant about past precedent. It’s just not — it’s not serious.”

Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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If they were desperate, they wouldn't keep electing Bloomberg.
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I think you are right, Rudy. So when are you going to find a real job? I hear NYC is desperate for a competent mayor.
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Yes, the Dems have good reason to be afraid. We're looking for another landslide in 2014.
1 year ago
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but B.O. knows it will work because he has so much experience in health care, and has created so many businesses and met payrolls, and regulations and OOPS you mean B.O. didn't have any qualifications.

Who would have thought.
1 year ago
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Rudy, Rudy, Rudy....I wanted you to be president. We would not be "leading from behind" if you had that job and I don't think your justice department would be sending people to be involved in the circus trial in Florida.
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"According to the law, those working over 30 hours per work are considered full-time."

That's a job-creation bill if I ever saw one! This will absolutely mean MORE JOBS!

As more and more 35 hour per week employees are cut down to 25 hours, more people will be hired to fill in the productivity gap.


That's great for those out of work engineers who will now be able to find a minimum wage 25 hour per week job!

Who says the Dems can't create jobs?


I'd put a smiley here but it's not funny.
1 year ago
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it means that more people will be working 29 hours. Or are you going to start a business and hire people at 30 hours and cost you enormous sums of money or will you hire people at 29 hours to save you money and help your business succeed.
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Um, I think I said that. Wait, let me check.....



Yep. I said that.
1 year ago
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My probably a pie-in-the-sky fantasy is that the Republicans hold the house in 2014
and gain a significant majority in the senate. Sufficiently large enough to immediately and with as much malice and disgust as they can manage to project commence impeachment proceedings. Immediately followed by a full repeal of
Urklecare.
1 year ago
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It is not a pie in the sky scenario if the message is loud, clear and consistent.
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The GOP has completely earned their title as "The Stupid Party."
The President decides to delay the "Employer Mandate" - something he has no Constitutional power to do. He does this to help Democrat candidates during the 2014 elections.
Instead of telling him to pound sand and FORCING the Employer Mandate to be enforced, Bonehead tries to delay the "Individual Mandate" until after the 2014 elections - FURTHER helping the Democrats.
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Adding a huge entitlement program with a ill thought out implementation phase in a time of financial crisis is not a good move. Particularly because health care already costs about twice what it does in other countries with similar health outcomes. It could bite the Democrats badly if it goes wrong. It appears badly structured and is built on a foundation of unsustainable existing spending in healthcare and retirement benefits. I agree with Rudi - it looks like a real problem, not just a political one.
1 year ago
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Whatever will insure that the Dems lose the mid-terms, is what I hope for.
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I think you are right, Rudy. So when are you going to find a real job? I hear NYC is desperate for a competent mayor.
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If they were desperate, they wouldn't keep electing Bloomberg.
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