The Obama administration has announced yet another delay in the implementation of Obamacare! What’s more–are you sitting down for this?–the reasons for the delay are entirely political:
The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats.
As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.
Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.
The cancellations would have created a firestorm for Democratic candidates in the last, crucial weeks before Election Day.
The White House is intent on protecting its allies in the Senate, where Democrats face a battle to keep control of the chamber.
“I don’t see how they could have a bunch of these announcements going out in September,” one consultant in the health insurance industry said. “Not when they’re trying to defend the Senate and keep their losses at a minimum in the House. This is not something to have out there right before the election.”
The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on Monday both said they had no updates to announce.
I know what you are thinking: “Who could have possibly seen this coming?” Of course, I should probably state that no self-respecting electorate should allow the administration and the Democratic party to be able to hold on to congressional seats by delaying the implementation of a particular set of policies that are sure to be implemented once the elections are over.