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‘Once Again Moving the Goalposts’: Regs Give Obamacare Reprieves to Medium, Large Employers

But no movement on individual mandate as questions loom about whether the IRS is even ready to enforce the penalties.

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Bridget Johnson

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February 10, 2014 - 4:20 pm
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WASHINGTON — After news broke today that the Obama administration unilaterally decided to delay the health insurance mandate for medium-sized employers until 2016, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) tweeted a cartoon of a football refs moving the goalpost farther and farther away from the end zone.

“The Obama Administration once again moving the goalposts on #Obamacare,” Hastings tweeted.

Beginning next year, businesses that employ 50 to 99 workers will have to report statistics to the government on how many employees are being offered or are receiving health insurance. These employers won’t be assessed penalties on the non-insured until 2016, though. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are already exempt from the mandate.

Employers with 100 or more workers will be able to phase in coverage under the final regulations released today by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. Employers need to offer coverage to 70 percent of full-time workers in 2015 and 95 percent in 2016 and beyond to avoid being assessed fines starting next year.

“While about 96 percent of employers are not subject to the employer responsibility provision, for those employers that are, we will continue to make the compliance process simpler and easier to navigate,” said Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark J. Mazur.

The ruling also said “hours contributed by bona fide volunteers for a government or tax-exempt entity, such as volunteer firefighters and emergency responders, will not cause them to be considered full-time employees” for the purpose of Obamacare requirements and penalties, addressing one of the many controversies surrounding the law.

Republicans not only jumped on the latest midterm election cycle move, but called out the administration for not absolving ordinary Americans of the individual mandate penalties.

“This latest unilateral delay is further evidence that the healthcare law is hurting the economy. The White House is doing everything possible to hide the devastating impacts of this law until after the election,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). ”While this may be a temporary break for employers, middle-class families will still be forced to prove they have expensive, government mandated insurance. After all the waivers and delays, Americans continue to ask, ‘What about me?’”

“Hard-working taxpayers have suffered for too long under the weight of the devastating impacts of President Obama’s signature healthcare law. Instead of focusing on short-term patches for insurance companies and corporations, it’s time for President Obama to delay the penalties that threaten millions of Americans instead,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-La.).

“Attempting to bail out some while abandoning the majority of Americans will not hide the failure of Obamacare. Laws are not made to be selectively enforced whenever the Obama Administration wants to try salvaging low poll numbers,” Scalise added. “It is time for President Obama to admit his broken healthcare law has failed, and join with House Republicans to suspend the penalties and stop this train wreck before more hard-working families are harmed.”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said the administration’s “ad hoc implementation of Obamacare adds significant uncertainty to the economy and further hinders small businesses from expanding and creating jobs in the long run.”

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You gotta wonder when this would-be-king is going to make the ultimate proclamation and declare himself Emperor of America for life. He seems to have no trouble uttering new laws whenever it suits him.

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Obama is merely being the Fascist that he is. I’m not surprised nor shocked by anything he does. He is an “ends justify the means”, extremist who dislikes America and hates it's Constitution. He is being exactly what he is.

Those in the Republican Establishment, like Crying John Boehner are to blame, because they refuse to use the Constitutional tools at their disposal, specifically designed to prevent this kind of Little King George III or Little Fuhrer Hitler from doing exactly what he has been and is doing.

And the Republican Establishment refuses to use those tools because of the fear they will be called racists and other idiotic smear words by the State Run Media and scare off crony capitalist money men. What kind of Americans are they? Not Americans at all. Not even French.
37 weeks ago
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Impeach.
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to pay for their health insurance? Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. Obama is trying to delay this, but from then on FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE you will pay those higher rates and deductible costs. Since the Democrats all voted for it, they can’t be depended on to join the effort. It’s up to us to vote for Republicans to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. This is for all government levels. Remember, it’s YOUR money so vote your pocketbook. This situation is hardly different from your taxes being assigned to support an illegal alien, and that will happen when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx Also, medical taxes go up in 2014. See http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-taxes.php Join with us to our mutual benefit in the Primary elections and in November 2014. After obamacare is repealed or defunded we can go back to our normal bickering.
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my classmate's sister makes $88 hourly on the laptop . She has been laid off for nine months but last month her payment was $15418 just working on the laptop for a few hours. this page
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So why aren't the rino's doing something about this unconstitutional action....NO SPINES!!!!!!!
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It really is a mess. The IRS hasn't yet figured out how to collect one of the real taxes imposed under Obamacare, the 3.8% tax on investment income. Even though we are well into tax season, they have yet to finish the instructions on how to complete the form 8960. I can't file my taxes until that is done.
37 weeks ago
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You gotta wonder when this would-be-king is going to make the ultimate proclamation and declare himself Emperor of America for life. He seems to have no trouble uttering new laws whenever it suits him.

37 weeks ago
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Hillary and her supporters would throw a fit if he did.
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I think it's just a sweet little "Eff You" message to Hillary, since she'll be running for President as it's all coming to fruition. . .
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http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/02/new-york-young-republican-intel-report-february-2014/

Obama’s State of the Union address was notable not so much for what he said, but for what he deliberately omitted. While Obama painted a picture of a recovering economy that simply had to fix problems of “inequality,” of two wars ending on his watch, of a president resolute in his duty to keep the best interests of the citizens in mind, the realities are starkly different. The speech proved that there are two Americas: one that believes in the fantasy land of Obama and his derelict party, and another that insists 2+2 still equal 4.

Declaring himself above the law, Obama insisted that he will not wait around for Congress to pass new laws. With his pen, executive (monarchical) prerogative, and the massive federal bureaucracy, he told the country and world he would do as he pleased, the Constitution be damned. It will be recalled that the President swears an oath to defend the Constitution. Does this mean that Article 3, Section 3 no longer applies either?

Urging the raise of the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, Obama gave federal contractors a raise to the symbolic rate. Yet he neglected to mention that a paltry 1.7 million Americans are paid the federal minimum wage, while a whopping 90 million Americans, nearly 50x that amount, are out of work. For this we can thank Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, a rabidly aggressive EPA, and a climate of political persecution for those who dare cross the administration.
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There was a man in Eqypt who was elected and then came to think he was Pharoah. The Egyptian military acting on behalf of, and supported by, true Egyptians now have him in a small cell. I don't know it it's padded or not. Too bad we don't have a loyal to America and it's Constitution militarily more along the lines of what the Egyptians are fortunate enough to have. This is largely because the man who thinks he is Pharaoh has purged American military generals who are not loyal to him personally. If only we could exchange our current military generals for theirs.
37 weeks ago
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Rule of Law? What's that?
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That's old skool.
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I'm really looking forward to the great perp walk that will be happening sooner rather than later it appears. it probably will not be the present prez. enablers doing it, but I trust it will be honorable deputized Patriots making the long overdue arrests. lots of them.

this guy is going to publically biach-slap Americans until it finally explodes so he can declare martial law. that's always been the plan. then the real fun begins retaking our country from this cabal of commies clowns. pls believe that people will remember who enabled these enemies of our country. a reckoning is due for the destruction these loons have caused.
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Some day...

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