February 21, 2014
By now, the pattern is pretty clear: Obamacare deadlines don’t stick. And they probably never will.
The unanswered question is, does the extra time create more hassles than benefits for those affected – and is the goalpost-moving worth the political headaches it creates for the Obama administration?
Because undeniably, every time the Obama administration bends a deadline for the Affordable Care Act — delaying the employer mandate for the second time, putting off parts of the enrollment launch, or giving customers just a little more time to sign up — it fuels the perception that the administration is just winging it, and gives Republicans new fodder to accuse the White House of rewriting laws too casually.