What do you think about the delays in the health care law implementation?

President Obama takes questions from reporters at the White House. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

In one of several concessions in a complex Treasury Department regulation of more than 200 pages, the Obama administration said companies with 50 to 99 employees will have an additional year to comply with the coverage requirement, until January 1, 2016.

Angling to avoid political peril, the Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines. (AP)

Today’s Question: What do you think about the delays in the health care law implementation?

  • PaulJ

    They are so concerned with acting like they are running things they don’t actually run things. It’s the Reagan legacy.

  • Pearly

    Its good to be the king

  • Rich in Duluth

    I think the administration is doing what it must to roll this complex system out as smoothly as possible. Was there politics involved? Sure, but so what?

    I think that this, along with the rough start to the MNsure and Affordable Care web
    sites is another example of why Congress should have passed a single payer, Medicare for everyone health care system. I just recently transitioned from an employer health care system to Medicare without a problem. The Medicare website is easy to use. It’s easy to compare supplemental insurance (which shouldn’t be needed), and I’m still using my same doctors. The country missed an opportunity.

  • Sue de Nim

    It’s more proof that the idea of “market based” reforms to health care was misguided from the start and is ultimately unworkable. We could have had single-payer back when Clinton proposed it, but for the campaign of outright lies that people believed at the time. We could at least have had a public option this time, but for Obama’s cowardly preemptive compromise in taking single-payer off the table before negotiations began. But America is too proud to learn from the experience of foreign countries like Canada.

  • Jim G

    We get what we deserve. Democratic leaders bent over backwards to appease their Republican “friends” in crafting the ACA. Now, we have Republican “free market” (there’s nothing free about it) ideas enshrined in law. We have created a hollow shell of a good national health system when we need a holistic health program that covers virtually everyone. We won’t get that until the people demand it.

    • Sue de Nim

      Except that it’s not enough for the people merely to demand it, apparently. When Obama was elected, a solid majority in polls supported single-payer, and yet it didn’t happen. The vast majority support universal background checks for sales of firearms, and it’s not happening. Same goes, to a lesser degree, for immigration reform, a minimum wage increase, and action on climate change. We have to start by demanding reform of redistricting nationwide, the abolition of the filibuster and the Hastert rule, and full disclosure of campaign finances.

      • Yanotha Twangai

        We also need to have the public schools do a better job of teaching critical thinking, to keep people from being so easily swayed by the lies, fatuous reasonin and fear-mongering that are keeping such ideas from gaining traction.

      • Jim G

        When money legally corrupts a whole political system, like our own, only the people can make a difference. It takes courage and knowledge of how they are being bamboozled to change behavior and begin voting for people who represent them and not for the monied vultures who feast upon legalized corruption.

    • Pearly

      Yea the Republicans put that part in the ACA to make President Obama look like a jerk

      • Jim G

        I know the Republicans didn’t put forward one vote for the ACA. I also know that the ACA was based upon ideas floated by the conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, and that these ideas were used by Mitt Romney for his health care bill, which was passed into law by Massachusetts and is used as a framework for the ACA. I also intuit from their lack of alternative ideas, that the congressional Republican leadership didn’t want, don’t want, and will never want to improve health care insurance coverage in this country. They don’t need to change a thing. They have the resources to pay the ever increasing health care and insurance bill . Of course, that still leaves 40 million Americans without health insurance. What do we do about those citizens? That is the question that should be asked every time a news item on Obamacare is read.

        • Gary F

          No discussion, no hearings, they didnt allow Republican input. The Dems were hell bent on cramming this down the people’s throat.

        • Pearly

          This is the second time the president put business in front of citizens by granting employers another delay. I dont realy care, I also did not vote for him twice

          • Jim G

            Did you vote for McCann and Romney,
            or against Obama?

          • Pearly

            what are you implying Jim?

          • Jim G

            Are you voting for Presidential candidates because they represent your views or are you voting against a specific person?

            I know that I voted against Bush 2, two times, because I just didn’t like the man’s personality. But there are some of the President’s political opponents who just won’t vote for black men, especially a well educated successful black man. The reason I ask is that attacks against this president from the right are down right offensive and very personal. I’ll use Ted Cruz’s father as an example of what I see as underlying racism.

          • Pearly

            I think I see what are you implying Jim, sure you don’t want to just come out and say it.
            “spread the wealth around” is the reason I voted AGAINST President Obama twice

          • Jim G

            Got it… on spreading the wealth around.

          • Pearly

            Weak

          • Jim G

            Pearly,
            Man to man… gun owner to gun owner… citizen to citizen… I’m taking you at your word on why you voted against Obama. We have our differences, but we also have many, many things in common. My point is that there is racial bias out there in the political world we live in. I just asked a question. You answered it, and I’m accepting its truth. Sleep well.

          • Pearly

            I would love to vote for a black, green, blue or what ever conservative man or woman.

  • bob hicks

    You can’t use anachronistic technology procurement procedures and free market constructs and expect a smooth rollout of the ACA.

  • TJeff

    The president doesn’t have the power to legislate unilaterally. We have a system – a contract between the government and the governed – that spells out how legislation is passed and enforced. This is a direct constitutional violation.

    “In questions of power…let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” ~Thomas Jefferson

  • Gary F

    I’m so glad there were so many hearings and public debate over the details of this bill while it was being passed. The transparency and vetting of the details of this bill were tremendous. I’ve never seen a bill with so much attention to detail.

  • TJeff

    “If the three powers maintain their mutual independence on each other our
    Government may last long, but not so if either can assume the authorities
    of the other.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

  • Gary F

    So once again, its the Republicans fault?

  • GaryF

    If there is a Republican President, will it be OK for them to selectively enforce laws like President Obama does? Or is Obama special?

    Are the Dems responsible for the security problems with healthcare.gov?

  • Al F

    Will Obama campaign for Franken?

    • Christie

      Obama won’t waste his time or money on a state guaranteed to elect a Democrat, no matter how incompetent or no matter how competent his opponent.

  • whitedoggie44

    Is it president obama or king obama? Appears he thinks the latter. A windup talk machine with limited leadership abilities.