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It seems like some lawmakers, including some Democratic ones, have come out in favor of delaying the individual mandate.  Not so fast argues the Editorial Board of  The Washington Post, noting that there is still time to fix the system.  

Despite the intolerable failure of the Obama administration to warn the country that would not work at launch, there is still plenty of time for the government to make the required fixes. The first major deadline is not until Dec. 15, when people have to apply to obtain insurance coverage that starts on Jan. 1. People don’t need insurance then, though, to avoid the penalty. Resolving a point of confusion, the Obama administration clarified Wednesday that anyone signed up by March 31 will not have to pay any penalty. That’s more than five months from now.

IPad-toting members of Congress in Thursday’s hearing offered differing accounts about the current ease of using, but the site has improved since Day One. Even if it takes some weeks more to get the site in reasonable order, insurance buyers will probably have plenty of time to obtain coverage before running afoul of the penalty.

Look if the Obama Sdministration can't get things right within the next few months, there might be a reason to delay the individual mandate.  However, there is no reason to accept the Republican Party's talking points by agreeing that such a delay should happen now.

I think that the editorial board of  The Washington Post has a better solution than these democrats.  

If Congress wants to help, it could make sure the necessary funds are appropriated to complete the Affordable Care Act’s implementation.

Given that the Republican Party has tried to undermine the Affordable Care Act any time it can, I am sure that the Republicans have played some role in the problems.  And since they showed by their conduct at the hearings on Thursday that they were more interested in claiming that the Act does not work than coming up with solutions, I don't think that we should now be looking at any solutions that will ultimately undermine the Act's effectiveness.

The Administration should be given time to fix the website.  I am willing to give them this time.  

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  •  Delay weeks--OK (2+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean, night cat

    Delay years--not OK.

    The dreaded and evil insurance companies calculated their rates based on their estimates for the young and healthy signing up and paying into the pool.  We all need that.

    Insurance companies should be treated as tightly regulated public utilities.  

    I support Medicare-Done-Right-For-All.

  •  if they can't make the site work (0+ / 0-)

    what is Plan B? And how long will plan B take to implement.

    My guess is you cannot wait until 12/15 to decide that millions of people cannot get insurance through the ACA website and expect to have something else in place in time for the new year.

    And I don't want to hear that there is no Plan B.

  •  Tell us all -- (0+ / 0-)

    how delaying the individual mandate is going to undermine the ACA, apart from some PR nonsense about "giving in to Republican talking points."  Nobody cares about talking points.  In fact, why not scrap the mandate altogether -- wouldn't it make the ACA even more popular?

    "Every second "progressives" spend on victory laps and triumphalist wankery makes a Grand Bargain more likely." -- "Lambert Strether"

    by Cassiodorus on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 08:19:24 PM PDT

    •  The President was against the individual mandate (0+ / 0-)

      in the primaries.  Then when he looked at it further in terms of being the policy maker, he determined that the ACA would not succeed without the individual mandate--a requirement that young heathy people buy insurance.

      Without it, there is a risk that the insurance pool for the ACA would be made up of older sicker people which would drive up premiums so high that it would not be  a workable system.  

      •  I don't buy it. (0+ / 0-)

        I seem to remember that Armando posted a study back in '10 that showed otherwise.

        "Every second "progressives" spend on victory laps and triumphalist wankery makes a Grand Bargain more likely." -- "Lambert Strether"

        by Cassiodorus on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 09:15:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  The mandate is what makes Obamacare profitable (2+ / 0-)
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      golem, Zack from the SFV

      for insurance companies.  For that reason, the Republicans should be allowed to delay it until the insurance companies are all forced into bankruptcy, at which point the government will have to step in and enact Canadian-style single payer.  This strategy, as my good friend Glenn Beck would point out, is straight out of the Alinsky/Piven-Cloward playbook, and the best part is that it would all be the Republicans' doing.

      (There's some snark in here, but I'll be damned if I can figure out where.)

      •  Whatev. (0+ / 0-)

        The mandate hands a talking point to the Republicans.

        "Every second "progressives" spend on victory laps and triumphalist wankery makes a Grand Bargain more likely." -- "Lambert Strether"

        by Cassiodorus on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 09:17:08 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

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