Yesterday, President Obama said he would veto a bipartisan House bill delaying the individual mandate that passed by an overwhelming 250 to 160 margin.
Hours later he announced his thirteenth unilateral Obamacare delay – this one allowing people with noncomliant health plans to keep them a total of three years beyond when they were prohibited by law without penalty.
All along the way, administration officials have promised there would be no additional delays. On September 18, 2012 White House Press Secrctary Jay Carney said there would be no more Obamacare delays. On December 31, 2013 – after no less than nine Obamacare delays — Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said “NO” when asked point blank: “Do you anticipate more delays?” There have been four subsequent delays.
Last year President Obama preferred a government shutdown to a simple, fair delay of the individual mandate for everyone for one year.
In fact, on September 26, 2013 Obama said: “Delay the law. That’s not going to happen as long as I’m president.”