Another holiday, another Obamacare delay, and another chance for Republicans to point out the fundamental ineptitude of the Obama White House and its “signature” debacle.
The Obama administration used the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday to announce yet another major delay in the Obamacare train wreck.
An online health exchange for businesses with 50 employees or less that was supposed to go into effect in November has been pushed back a year, according to the Washington Post.
Officially, small businesses will still be able to purchase coverage for employees through the federal exchange, but they will have to do it through an insurance agent or broker, the Post reported. The online option is offline, though.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Obamacare, used a Q&A sheet to put the best spin possible on the embarrassing situation surrounding the delay of the Small Business Health Options Program, known by the catchy but inaccurate acronym SHOP. (The Obama PR flacks probably thought S-BHOP sounded too much like a Kanye West CD.)
“We’ve concluded that we can best serve small employers by continuing this offline process while we concentrate on both creating a smoothly functioning online experience in the SHOP Marketplace, and adding key new features, including an employee choice option and premium aggregation services, by November 2014,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wrote in a Q&A distributed to health law stakeholders.
It’s the second time SHOP has been delayed, according to the Daily Caller. It was originally supposed to be part of the big rollout on Oct. 1, then pushed back to the end of the month. Now, with the full scope of the Obamacare disaster not quite defined, it’s been pushed back a whole year.
It’s also the second time the Obama administration has used an upcoming holiday to announce embarrassing news. Just before the Fourth of July weekend, it announced it is delaying the mandate requiring businesses with 50 or more employees to provide coverage for their employees.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus lost no time in pouncing Wednesday.
“While Americans prepare for the holidays and one day after President Obama gave another speech trying to blame the Obamacare train wreck on Republicans, his administration is delaying yet another portion of his signature healthcare law,” Priebus said in a statement.
“With each passing day, it’s clear how much worse Obamacare is than a website full of glitches.”
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