The Individual Mandate Still Needs To Be Delayed
In a radio interview on Monday, Paul Ryan detailed the provisions of the House Republicans' offer that the White House rejected over the weekend. They asked for two basic things - no special treatment for members of Congress and Obama administration and suspend the ObamaCare tax for individuals that has already been suspended for employers.
Ryan said, "individuals can’t even sign up for Obamacare right now, so why would you tax somebody for not complying with a law they can’t comply with."
"Seems to me those are really reasonable points. We said we would negotiate how to do that, over the weekend. The President said,' I'm not going to say yes, I'm not going to say no. Let's just think about this.'
"He spent the next day basically stalling us, only to call back John Boehner Friday night to say 'No deal, I won't do this. I won't sit down and talk to you guys.'
That's because Obama wanted unconditional surrender from Republicans - complete and utter capitulation. He said from the beginning, he wouldn't negotiate with them, and he didn't.
But Paul Ryan is right. The Individual Mandate has to be dealt with because as John notes, people can't get into the federal exchanges because the ObamaCrash site is not up to speed and it could be months before it's ready to function properly.
Erick Erickson says he's hearing things...
The irony in all of this is that Obamacare’s individual mandate is going to be delayed.
Just wait. Liberals are already whispering that it has to happen. They can’t get the computers up and running. People aren’t signing up. They whole process is broken.
But they also do not want to cave in to the GOP. So they will wait.
Barack Obama will wait for the GOP to surrender, then he will issue the delay himself, just like he did with the employer mandate.
And Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) reportedly said the same thing to reporters, today:
"I'll predict it right now that within the next few months, the president himself will delay the individual mandate," Salmon said during a briefing with reporters. "At the end of the day, mark my words, he will end up postponing it."