So it looks as though the debate over the Affordable Care Act is not quite over.
As Justin Sink of The Hill reports, in a recent speech, former press secretary Robert Gibbs:
… noted that the employer mandate had been twice delayed and predicted it would never be implemented. “I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,”
Asked about this, current White House press secretary, Jay Carney said that:
… the administration would not again delay the penalty on businesses who do not offer their employees health care.
Carney, it seems, was emphatic. Insisting that:
“As the final rules put out in February made clear, this will be phased in next year.”
“Final rules?” What an interesting concept. One that is utterly alien to the Affordable Care Act.