Heidi Heitkamp Wants To Push Full Obamacare Implementation Past Another Election Cycle
The law that’s so awesomely awesome that Democrats want to keep pushing back the of it is enforced.
We all remember the chaos that was the original implementation of Obamacare for those who were on their own insurance plans (I certainly remember the pain). Well the law hasn’t yet been implemented for people on large group policies, which is most of America, and a group of Democrats including Senator Heidi Heitkamp don’t want implementation expanded to group policies with 51-100 members because it would be bad.
A group of Democratic senators is urging the Obama administration to delay a key portion of Obamacare because the results could be “harmful and disruptive.”
In a letter exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller, Senate Democrats pleaded with Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell to delay an Obamacare rule change that puts companies with 51 to 100 employees in the costlier “small group” market instead of the “large group” market. The rule change, which will result in higher premiums for many companies, goes into effect in 2016.
The letter was signed by Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp, Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Jon Tester and independent Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats.
Why 2016? Why, it’s an election year of course. Democrats don’t like having to campaign amid screams of torment from Americans caught in the gears of the Obamacare machine. Most of those Senators who signed the bill are up in 2016 (Heitkamp isn’t up until 2018, but she is thinking of a run for Governor in 2016).
Which makes you wonder, why are we even still playing this game? Democrats have nothing but scorn and derision for Republicans who want to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something else, but Democrats also don’t want vast swaths of Obamacare even implemented.