As Obamacare turns more and more into the health care “reform” that isn’t, the administration today announced a one year delay for online enrollment for small businesses trying to purchase health insurance through federal exchanges.
The delay is considered yet another high-profile setback for the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov web site.
For President Obama it means another broken promise in what was once considered his “signature” legislative accomplishment as President but which now is turning into an ever-increasing embarrassment and an issue that worries Democratic House members and Senators seeking re-election in 2014.
The current White House prediction is that the HealthCare.gov web site will be working for the “vast majority” of users by Saturday, Nov. 30 — still a far cry from the President’s earlier prediction that the web site would be fixed and working completely by the end of the month.
On one hand, the delay of the small business exchanges surprises few because the administration admitted earlier this week that it would offer “alternative” ways for small businesses to enroll.
However, another delay in a series of miscalculations and missed deadlines means more damage to the credibility to a President who claims the disastrous rollout of the new health care law was “turning about.”
The announcement of yet another delay just before Thanksgiving also continues the emerging White House traditions of announcing problems just before a holiday. The administration announced a year delay in the “employer mandate” on July 2 — right before the 4th of July.
Small Business Majority, which supports Obamacare, called the delay “disappointing” but added that it sees the exchanges as a way to offer competitive rates for insurance coverage.
Said John Arensmeyer, CEO of Small Business Majority, in a prepared statement:
It’s disappointing that the online portion of the federal small business marketplace through Healthcare.gov will be delayed and it’s important it get up and running as soon as possible. However, it doesn’t change the fact that the marketplace can offer the most competitive combination of price and quality for small businesses purchasing health insurance.
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