From today's IBD:
White House's ObamaCare Delay Confirms Law Is A Mess
Posted 08/13/2013 06:26 PM ET
ObamaCare: Confirming again that its reform is a disaster, the White House has stopped yet another provision of the law before it can take effect. This time it's caps placed on patients' out-of-pocket expenses.
The delay was authorized in February, but had gone unnoticed, the New York Times reported Tuesday, because it "was obscured in a maze of legal and bureaucratic language that went largely unnoticed" on the Labor Department's website.
Department officials confirmed its existence only when asked about it. So much for open government.
The caps, which were supposed to be a "consumer protection" provision of ObamaCare, limit the amount patients can spend through co-payments and deductibles before health insurance kicks in: $6,350 for individual policies, $12,700 for family plans.
They were to be enforced beginning in 2014 but now have been delayed for a year. The administration decided that insurers and employers didn't have enough time to deal with the provision.
So, like a monarch who exercises absolute power, the administration, which has no constitutional authority to write or change laws, delayed the deadline.
Because it felt like it.
The White House made a similar decision in July when it postponed for a year the job-killing mandate requiring employers with 50 or more workers to insure them. The reason given was, of course, that businesses needed more time to get ready.
But one Democrat, Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon, said he was suspicious that the change was made due to "political motivations." Clearly, the administration knew that ObamaCare was being revealed for the hash that it is and wanted to wait until after the 2014 elections to implement the employer mandate.
Tuesday's revelation that the White House had granted a similar delay is confirmation that it knows, though will never publicly admit, that ObamaCare is hopelessly flawed. Well-constructed legislation does not need to be continuously "amended" by executive fiat.
It should not have to be read to find out what's in it, nor be so complex that a bureaucracy as big as Washington's cannot get a handle on it.
Neither is good law filled with surprises, more of which are surely to come in the case of Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Many of its effects, though, are quite predictable.
Costs will rise.
Quality of care will decline.
Americans will be spending more time in waiting rooms and less time with their doctors.
Innovations in life-enhancing and life-saving medical technology will drop off.
There is no trade-off. No benefits of ObamaCare exist to offset its harmful consequences. It has the distinction of being a well-rounded tragedy.
There are so many flaws that the White House can't possibly avoid them all.