As you may have heard, the Obama White House today delayed Obamacare's individual mandate -- but not for everyone. If you've already been suckered into buying in to Obamacare, you'll still be expected to keep and pay for that coverage. They really seem to be making things up as they go, huh?
"If you put together all the different ways that they have delayed or grandfathered certain things in … I’m starting to wonder if anybody is ever going to pay the penalty in the first year," MSNBC's Chuck Todd wondered aloud this morning. "Is there going to be a single person that is going to be responsible for paying that $95? At this point it doesn’t look like it."
I'm also confused by the so-called "hardship exemption" since Democrats have constantly reassured us that no one has lost their insurance due to Obamacare, and to suggest otherwise was merely a political distraction. It's almost as if they weren't being truthful...
John Hayward of Human Events also weighed in this morning:
Attention all Obama drones, “journalists,” and liberal pundits: all Administration talking points from the past three months just became invalid. Fresh talking points will soon arrive from Obama’s vacation palace in Hawaii, where he’s jetting off for a fabulous 17-day holiday vacation after throwing the health insurance industry into utter chaos.
Rejoice, humble peasants, because if Obama’s Big Lie about “keeping your plan if you like your plan” resulted in your plan getting canceled, His Benevolent Majesty, King Clusterfark I, has decreed that you won’t be fined for not having the insurance that you can’t afford because of his idiotic “law,” and couldn’t buy if you wanted to, because of his crappy website...
To claim your hardship exemption, just write “OBAMA IS PRESIDENT” as the hardship on your paperwork. The old plan you liked was affordable and gave you all the coverage you needed, but now that Obama has destroyed it, he will graciously allow you to buy a bare-bones catastrophic plan instead. Why are you not on your knees with gratitude, lowly peasant?
Now what am I supposed to talk about with my family over the holidays?!
Update: A friendly reminder from Jim Geraghty...
Reminder: Delaying the individual mandate one year was an offer on the table to avert/end October's government shutdown.— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) December 20, 2013