Oops: Two Other Things Obama Says Health-Care Reform Will Do This Year in Doubt
4:00 PM, Mar 24, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
This is Obama selling another element of his health-care plan that will go into effect this year, yesterday at the signing ceremony:
And, again, we find this measure isn't actually in the Senate bill, which passed Sunday night, and about which Obama was talking yesterday. It's dependent upon the passage of the reconciliation bill going through, which is being debated in the Senate today, and likely late into the night.
As the Philadelphia Inquirer notes, "For young adults, there's a hitch in health-care law."
Patty Murray's promise, made on the floor yesterday, was even more explicit, and is already officially broken:
So, already two of the president's priorities—what the White House deemed to be the most popular, immediate selling points of the bill— were not adequately planned for in the bill he signed into law.
But once again: those worried that Congress might make some mistakes in governing 1/6 of the American economy should rest assured that the rest of this sucker is precisely, painstakingly designed with care to result in all good things and no bad things from now until forevermore. Congratulations, America.
To be fair, Nancy Pelosi warned us that we'd have to pass the bill so we could find out what was in it. Who knew the president would be finding out right alongside us?
CBS found out that the bill—surprise!— incentivizes small business owners to dump employees into the government health exchanges and take the tax hit instead— a fact, which up until the health-care bill passed was known as "misinformation."
Maybe the Senate should have thought about what it was doing before it passed the bill. The law also clearly incentivizes business owners to stay under 26 workers instead of hiring new ones and incentivizes those in the 50-employee range to think about downsizing, undercutting yet another Obama promise about the bill delivering nothing but goodness to small business "this year."