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WSJ Editorial: 'Lawless Rewrite' Proves Obamacare Hurts Economy

By Elliot Jager   |   Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 06:26 AM

Without statutory authority, and in contravention of the wording of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration has delayed the mandate on businesses with 50 or more workers to provide their employees with insurance, The Wall Street Journal editorialized.

Calling the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare" is apt because "the law increasingly means whatever President Obama says it does on any given day," the Journal said. The 2010 Affordable Care Act requires companies with 50 full-time workers to provide insurance coverage beginning in 2014. This requirement was shifted to 2015 last year.

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Now, the law will not be implemented until 2016. Another alteration: Businesses with more than 50 employees need only to show they are offering coverage to 70 percent of full-time workers. The "latest lawless rewrite," the newspaper editorialized, is of "dubious legality" because the ACA states that the mandate takes effect "after Dec. 31, 2013."

Only the U.S. Congress can alter a clear-cut statutory mandate, "but then this president has often decided the law is whatever he says it is."

Employers had warned that implementing Obamacare would damage job creation. Liberals were disdainful of this admonition.

"Well, which is it? Either Obamacare is ushering in a worker's paradise, in which case by the White House's own logic exempting businesses from its ministrations is harming employees. Or else the mandate really is leading business to cut back on hiring, hours and shifting workers to part-time as the evidence in the real economy suggests," said the Journal.

In taking these latest measures, Obama's administration has demonstrated a bias for "corporations over people." The individual insurance mandate has caused millions of people to lose their previous insurance coverage, the Journal editorialized.

"Liberals say the law isn't harming jobs or economic growth, but everything this White House does screams the opposite," the editorial concludes.

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