So Obama has decided to hold off on the employer portion of the mandate for ObamaCare. No doubt because now everyone is starting to see the effects - Most companies are cutting hours to get as much staff below the 30 hour cutoff. Color me unsurprised. A significant percentage of the U.S. doesn't even realize they're going to get clobbered on their taxes because they didn't understand they needed to get insurance - on their own. Because the individual mandate is still scheduled for 2014.
Obsensibly this is done because they (the Administration) realized there is NO WAY they can roll this train wreck out this fast. And they're hoping that this will delay the staggering effect that the employer mandate is already having on full time employment. The real reason is to get folks to not spend time thinking about how badly they're being screwed until AFTER the elections. Now the question is - will the Democrats believe their own bullshit and go into the 2014 elections with the ObamaCare Sword swinging for their necks or will they realize that voting for something no one ever read is perhaps a bad idea. Will they understand that, all the people who've already had their 40 hour jobs turned into 30 hour jobs, are going to understand (because their employers told them) that it's ObamaCare's fault. And ObamaCare was the Democrats baby.
So - on the one hand you can expect companies to stop cutting hours -- or not. I'm betting NOT. On the other hand, you can expect a lot of folks to see their cost of individual insurance climb, kind of significantly. My insurance company tells me I should know sometime in September. I'll be a bit surprised if the increase is less than 30% and not at all surprised if it's over 50%. Why? because I have what is essentially classified as catastrophic coverage. Really high deductible, no prescription coverage.
I'm wondering who in fact who; besides perhaps young single moms who don't want to work more than 20 hours a week because it screws with their benefits, will actually see any of this as a good thing come April.
I guess we'll see if anyone is paying attention - the Democrats have more than a few things to answer for, and one would hope that the Independents at least will remind folks of just what the Democrats did - with the help in a lot of cases of the Republicans. My guess is that lots of liberals will blaming the downsides of ObamaCare, the IRS, Benghazi, Fast&Furious, NSA problems on Bush. Because... BUSH.