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Queen of denial: Pelosi says Obamacare employer mandate not delayed

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By Doug Powers  •  July 11, 2013 01:47 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Nancy Pelosi makes Jay Carney look almost pathologically honest in comparison.

From CNS News:

During a press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked if she thinks there is “any virtue” in delaying Obamacare’s individual mandate as well as the employer mandate: “No. Absolutely not. I don’t think it’s virtuous at all,” Pelosi said. “In fact, the point is, is that the (business) mandate was not delayed,” Pelosi said.

“Certain reporting by businesses that could be perceived as onerous — that reporting requirement was delayed, partially to review how it would work and how it could be better.

“It was not a delay of the mandate for the businesses, and there shouldn’t be a delay of the mandate for individuals,” Pelosi insisted.

This might shock you, but what Pelosi said just isn’t the truth:

Unlike Pelosi, the Treasury Department’s Mark Mazur acknowledged that the mandate is delayed if the reporting requirements are delayed. “We recognize that this transition relief will make it impractical to determine which employers owe shared responsibility payments (under section 4980H) for 2014,” Mazur wrote. “Accordingly, we are extending this transition relief to the employer shared responsibility payments. These payments will not apply for 2014. Any employer shared responsibility payments will not apply until 2015.”

This helps explain why Pelosi is forced to create an alternate reality:

House Speaker John Boehner said his chamber will hold back-to-back votes next week to delay two key pieces of Obamacare — the individual and employer mandates.

“The president delayed Obamacare’s employer mandate, but he hasn’t delayed the mandate on individuals and families,” Boehner said Thursday. “This is unfair, and it is indefensible.”

The individual mandate requires most people to get health coverage. The employer one — delayed by the White House until 2015 — requires businesses with more than 50 workers to cover them.

Republicans hope to put Democrats in a tough spot by forcing them to vote on delaying the employer mandate — and then making them vote on delaying the individual mandate, too, something Democrats are sure to oppose.

**Written by Doug Powers

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