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Another day, another Obamacare implementation delay (aka ‘desperate attempt to salvage the November elections’)

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By Doug Powers  •  March 4, 2014 12:39 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The “if you like your plan…” can is going to end up getting kicked to at least 2017 if not beyond:

The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats.

As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.

Prolonging the “keep your plan” fix will avoid another wave of health policy cancellations otherwise expected this fall.

Unavailable for comment: “It’s. The. Law.”

Why is another extension of the original extension necessary? Because the best and the brightest overlooked one thing:

Obama subsequently called on states and the insurance industry to allow people to keep their existing plans for an additional year. While many states agreed, it left the administration with a dilemma.

A one-year moratorium pushed the deadline beyond the midterm election, but insurers must send out cancellation notices 90 days in advance. That would mean notices in the mail by Oct. 1, five weeks before voters go to the polls.

This is all playing out like the script for the most expensive sitcom ever.

The Obama administration is not new to “massaging” laws in order to save elections. In 2012, they gave companies the go-ahead to ignore the WARN Act so contractors wouldn’t send layoff notices until after the election.

These things wouldn’t go unchallenged if we had a Justice Department or Congress with a spine.

(h/t Ed Morrissey at Hot Air)

**Written by Doug Powers

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