Earlier in the week, the Obama Administration announced that there would be a one-year delay putting into effect the requirement for business with 50 or more employees to provide healthcare. This decision has not gone over well with many areas impacted, notably unions. I do think it's problematic, though I also understand what's behind the order, which seems to be misinterpreted.
But it's almost all been worth it for the whimsy of the reaction of Republicans.
Keeping in mind how up-in-arms with hatred the GOP is over Affordable Healthcare (despite the provisions of the current act largely being Republican proposals, but I digress...), it's been hilarious watching conservatives aghast at this delay. I mean, honestly, Republicans in the House have voted to repeal the Affordable Healcare Act 37 times. They dearly want the program to go away. More than seemingly anything in life, they don't want it to go into operation. And here is the president saying that this one portion of the act won't be going into operation for an extra year! Republicans should be dancing on rooftops, overjoyed. And yet, suddenly, they're supposedly irate.
You just can't please some people.
Now, yes, I know that what many Republicans are saying they're upset about is that they weren't told about this far enough beforehand, or that it shows the whole plan is unworkable, or...blah, blah, whatever. None of that is to the point. The reason behind this isn't any of that -- it's because business were having a hard time understanding the law and getting ready for it, so the Administration gave them an extra year to prepare. It seems like a reasonable thing to do. Personally, I'm not sure if I wish this had been done, but I can grasp why.
But mainly, it's just been a hoot watching Republicans complaining about the president doing what they've been praying for.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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