WASHINGTON,July 6, 2013 — A few days ago, Obama announced he would move back the employer mandate from 2014 to 2015. This gives employers a reprieve from the Obamacare law requiring all employers to either provide Obamacare compliant insurance by January 1 or face penalties.
It also gives the Democractic Party a reprieve from nonstep criticism about the mandate just prior to the 2014 elections.
The GOP is missing a very clear opportunity to use this “announcement” to remind America that Obama does not have the authority to penalize employers who don’t get in line.
Challenges have been made. The Energy and Commerce Committee, House of Representives said in a July 3, 2013 press release that letters were sent toCommittee Leaders Kathleen Sebelius and Jack Lew requesting information about their lack of transparecy (read: lies) in regard to the employer mandate request.
“Just as the law was crafted out of sight from the American people, the administration is again taking care of some interests behind closed doors while struggling Americans are left to pay for the looming rate shock and grapple with the law’s complex mandates. Despite delays and missed deadlines, administration officials had repeatedly testified before Congress that they were still on schedule to implement the law. Yesterday, they admitted that wasn’t the case, and it’s clear we have no idea the full scope of delays and disarray that may be coming. The American public deserves answers,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Minn.)
Republicans want among other things, “all documents and communications, including e-mail, between administration officials and any individuals, companies, or organizations discussing the requirement that employers provide coverage to their employees.”
Republicans, on a whole, are not giving history the footnotes it needs nor the American people the catalyst they need to effect a 2016 change on Pennsylvania Avenue.
By staying silent, enjoying their summer perhaps, instead of getting this issue out and in front of the American people, they send strongly worded, oh so polite letters that can be ignored by recipients and that a liberally biased media is not going to report on.
Credit due where credit is due: Congressman Steve King, (R-Iowa) has called out the Obama administration on this, but he is one of very few Republicans who have, even as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) offer meaningless sound bites:
“This announcement means even the Obama administration knows the ‘train wreck’ will only get worse,” said Boehner.
“This further confirms that even the proponents of Obamacare know it will hurt jobs,” said Cantor.
Republican leadership is not showing up to the boardroom on this. They are not getting the message to conservative media, demanding that this issue be covered.
They are not out in front on this issue. It is simply another Obama usurpation of power they are allowing to slide.
History is replete with examples of tyrants who could have been stopped in their tracks early on but the opposition simply refused. The Republican Party in 21st Century America will most likely have a similar historical footnote.
Last month, Donald Trump was the headline speaker at the “Road to the Majority” conference. During his speech that evening, he remarked that he had recorded a parody of “The Apprentice” for the Republican Convention where he fired Barack Obama.
Community organizer Saul Alinsky once said, “Ridicule is the most powerful weapon.” Trump ridiculed Obama. The ad could have been a devastating commercial against Obama.Instead it remained hidden. Republicans failed to deliver a powerful message to Americans.
Taking a rightful position in history has never been a strong point for the Republican Party.
Yet Obamacare is destroying the economy. Thanks to Obamacare, we are seeing the destruction of fulltime jobs and a work force made of part-time jobs. No one can create wealth with a part-time job.
The Republican Party could have done a lot to delay, defund and stop Obamacare. They could have passed measures and attached them to must pass legislation. Instead we saw time after time, Boehner raise his freshly laundered white flag of surrender.
When history is written it will not be kind to the Republican Party of the early 21st Century. Nor should it be. Obamacare is destroying the economy. The GOP is destroying the Republican party.
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