Two weeks ago, President Obama announced he was suspending ObamCare’s individual mandate for one year. The move, which is not legal given how Congress wrote the law, was motivated purely by politics. Employers were beginning to reduce their employee’s work hours in order to avoid the threshold related to the mandate’s penalties (employers with 50 or more full time employees, defined as person who work 30 or more hours per week, must provide the employees with insurance or face fines). Obama did not want Democrats to face the ire of voters whose hours, and thus their paychecks, were reduced because of ObamaCare.
As noted above, ObamaCare requires, by statute, that employers subject to the mandate must begin providing insurance to their employees as of January 1, 2014. The statutory language is unambiguous and yet Obama unilateraly suspended the law without any legal authority. The Republican-led House of Representatives has announced it will pass a bill enacting the President’s mandate delay, thus writing the law to comport with the President’s supported policy.
You would think the President would embrace this idea. You would be wrong. As Michael Cannon with The CATO Institute reports, President Obama has, inexplicably, threated to veto a law containing the policy he supports.
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