Gene Sperling Aghast that Republicans Criticize Obamacare Delays
National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, a top adviser to President Obama, is aghast at Republicans’ response to the latest Obamacare mandate delay. The employer mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance for all of their full-time employees, was delayed for two years for mid-sized businesses.
Politico Pro reports (sub. req’d) Sperling said the “‘adjustments’ are a ‘pragmatic’ response to businesses not ready for the so-called employer mandate.”
That sounds nice, doesn’t it? But if this administration was truly interested in protecting small business, Obamacare would not the law of the land.
Sperling’s attacks on Republicans are emblematic of the left generally, whose mentality is “How dare Republicans criticize Obamacare’s failures and politically motivated delays?”
He called Republican criticism of the move hypocritical, given their concern for small businesses in other contexts, and said they would have also criticized Obama if he hadn’t yielded to employers’ concerns.
“The Republican criticism is that the president is taking into account the need to lessen disruptions to small businesses and employers,” Sperlingsaid at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “Do you have any question that if he had not made those adjustments, that the criticism would be coming completely from the other direction?”
He added, “The only thing consistent about that position is that they consistently look for every possible way to criticize the ACA.”
Where does Mr. Sperling think the “disruptions to small businesses and employers” come from?
When did this administration suddenly become a friend to small business? They didn’t.
There have been 35 significant changes to Obamacare already, at least 18 of which Mr. Obama made unilaterally, 15 that Congress passed and the President signed into law, and 2 by the Supreme Court.
Republicans ought to be vocal about this, and call out the Obama Administration for politically motivated delays to President Obama’s signature law.
When it comes to this latest delay, the Heritage Foundation put it best:
Hurting workers doesn’t play well in an election year.
Many businesses have already paused hiring or cut workers’ hours because of Obamacare’s mandates and regulations. The Administration already delayed the employer mandate by a year, but now businesses with 50 to 99 employees will get a two-year reprieve before they have to provide government-approved health coverage for their workers—or pay a penalty.
Republicans criticize Obamacare because it’s a failed law that harms America. They criticize politically motivated delays because delays will never provide lasting relief to Americans.
The only real solution to Obamacare’s problems is full repeal and replacement with a patient-centered, market-based health care system.
Mr. Sperling and his allies on the left may need to invest in some earplugs and blindfolds if they can’t take the heat from Americans suffering under this law and their representatives in Congress.