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December 22, 2014

Obamacare Extension as Political Gambit

The Obama administration’s latest Obamacare extension is intended to give Democrats political cover during election season.

New York Times Editorial Board: “The last date for renewing the old policies has been pushed past the 2014 midterm elections, reducing the likelihood of complaints on the eve of voting.”

“This policy change had the immediate, unfortunate effect of giving Republicans another convenient excuse to bash the Affordable Care Act as a failure that should be repealed. In truth, it poses no threat to health care reform and will have no impact on the vast majority of Americans, who are covered by employer plans or public programs.”

“Ideally, President Obama would not have extended the period for retaining the less-comprehensive policies, but in the current political environment, he opted to take a step to protect health care reform against a Republican takeover in the Senate.”

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