Jack's Enclave - Pelosi: The Employer Mandate 'Was Not Delayed'
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Pelosi said. "In fact, the point is, is that the (business) mandate was not delayed," Pelosi said. "Certain reporting by businesses that could be perceived as onerous -- that reporting requirement was delayed, partially to review how it would work and how it could be better. "It was not a delay of the mandate for the businesses, and there shouldn't be a delay of the mandate for individuals," Pelosi insisted.

Ms. Pelosi's "....the business mandate was not delayed", along with her "But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what's in it...." has to make one wonder if the lady has lost the capability for rational thought or thinks the American public has. Actually, it's probably both.

Here's my take. By keeping the individual mandate that one must have medical coverage but not requiring business to offer coverage, people are going to be forced to turn to the government exchanges. The government has effectively eliminated any competition from employers providing medical coverage.

Great PR since the government can then reference the number of people covered by the Affordable Care
Act and claim great success.

Businesses couldn't care less since they are relieved of the burden and expense of providing health care
coverage to employees.

As for the medical insurance providers, it's easier to influence ($) one federal bureaucracy and whatever
number of state exchanges than to manage and motivate hundreds of sales reps selling to thousands of
individual accounts.

So, it's good for the government. Good for businesses. Good for medical insurance providers.

Who isn't it good for? The American public that will find it's coverage choices, costs and treatment options limited to what the government deems appropriate.

July, 2013