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Democrats walk back their health care plan

Days before the vote on Obamacare, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it."

Democrats passed their handiwork all by themselves, without a single Republican vote.

When Americans saw what was in it, they became angry. After the next election, Republicans had

a majority in the House of Representatives and Pelosi was no longer speaker.

Fearing an even bigger electoral shellacking and possible loss of the U.S. Senate in 2014, President Obama by executive fiat has postponed implementation of the plan's employer mandate until after the next election.

The mandate requires companies with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance or pay a fine of $2,000 per worker. To get around that edict, employers have been switching full-time jobs into part-time work.

Not good politics with employers or employees.

"It calls into question whether the people who initiated and passed this legislation had any clue about what they were doing," said Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Roberts is insightful. The employer mandate is just one of the many problems with Obamacare, which was hastily cobbled together by Democrats alone.

That's a lonely situation now. There's no other

party to share the blame for unintended consequences like high costs, high taxes and unemployment.

For example, by limiting increases in the premiums of the elderly, Obamacare not only forces young, healthy Americans to buy health insurance but shifts those costs to this group.

This is more intergenerational wealth redistribution.

The Democratic Party's plan turns out to have serious unintended consequences.

For example, on June 15, 2009, Obama said, "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor."

A survey of doctors in 2012 found that 83 percent considered quitting over Obamacare. That is an alarmingly high number that included Democrats.

Now that Americans have had the chance to see what is inside Democrats' takeover of a sixth of the American economy, many are angry.

Small wonder. The employer mandate is only one of the problems of this incredibly overarching legislation.

West Virginians will remember that in 2014 — and the administration's attempt to escape responsibility at the polls as well.


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