House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is in complete denial about the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the ObamaCare employer mandate.
Faced with opposition and concerns from businesses about the impact of ObamaCare, the Treasury Department announced in a blog post earlier this month that they would delay the employer mandate until January 2015. This particular part of ObamaCare requires employers with more than 50 employees to offer health insurance coverage or pay a punitive tax.
During a press conference on Thursday, Pelosi was asked about the “virtue” in a delay in the individual mandate, as House Republicans are proposing, to correspond with the Obama Administration’s delay in the employer mandate. Doing her best impression of Baghdad Bob, Pelosi told reporters that the employer mandate hadn’t been delayed at all.
“No. Absolutely not. I don’t think it’s virtuous at all [in delaying the individual mandate]. In fact, the point is, is that the mandate was not delayed,” claimed a clearly delusional Pelosi. “Certain reporting by businesses that could be perceived as onerous, that reporting requirement was delayed, and 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.”
On Friday, the Washington Post fact-checker weighed in on Pelosi’s comments, noting that she is denying reality.
“Encouraging employers to provide health insurance is not the same thing as mandating it. We understand Pelosi’s desire to minimize the impact of the decision — and supporters of the law may have a strong case that the employer mandate is not as central to the law as the individual mandate to buy insurance — but that’s not an excuse to deny reality,” wrote Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post. “Yes, reporting requirements were delayed. But, as a consequence of that action, there also was a one-year delay of the actual employer mandate. It’s right there in the announcement.”
Pelosi once told Americans that Congress had to pass ObamaCare to find out what’s in it. More than three years later, Americans have seen higher health insurance premiums, constant implementation problems, and employers struggling to meet the costs of the law. It’s no wonder that polls show that Americans oppose the law and favor repeal.