Former Senator Jim DeMint tweeted:
— Jim DeMint (@JimDeMint) July 2, 2013
Hat tip to Sister Toldjah for the retweet! The story:
Chris Jacobs | July 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Bloomberg News reported this evening that the Obama Administration is set to announce a one-year delay in enforcement of Obamacare’s employer mandate, a move the Treasury Department recently confirmed in a blog post.
However, the problem is not just Obamacare’s employer mandate—the real problem is Obamacare itself. The same individuals who said Obamacare would create jobs, not destroy them, are now the same ones who will say the Administration can “fix” the employer mandate, if only given another year to do so. Conservatives should not be fooled, appeased, or assuaged. Instead, today’s developments should provide every incentive for the American people to redouble their efforts to repeal, defund, and dismantle ALL of this bureaucratic, unworkable law.
More at the link. A cynic might suspect that this delay was pushed to get implementation past the 2014 elections. I don’t know if that’s what the President has in mind, but I’d bet that there are some Democratic congressmen who will be somewhat relieved at this news.
From the referenced Treasury Department blog:
Here is some additional detail. The ACA includes information reporting (under (26 USC § 6055 – Reporting of health insurance coverage)) by insurers, self-insuring employers, and other parties that provide health coverage. It also requires information reporting (under section 6056) by certain employers with respect to the health coverage offered to their full-time employees. We expect to publish proposed rules implementing these provisions this summer, after a dialogue with stakeholders – including those responsible employers that already provide their full-time work force with coverage far exceeding the minimum employer shared responsibility requirements – in an effort to minimize the reporting, consistent with effective implementation of the law.
Once these rules have been issued, the Administration will work with employers, insurers, and other reporting entities to strongly encourage them to voluntarily implement this information reporting in 2014, in preparation for the full application of the provisions in 2015. Real-world testing of reporting systems in 2014 will contribute to a smoother transition to full implementation in 2015.
The hyperlinks in the quoted paragraphs were added by the Editor, and were not part of the original. What they reference is the mandate that employers and employees must provide to the federal government, through the Infernal Revenue Service, proof of insurance coverage, and the employer’s certification that he did or did not offer such insurance coverage.
You’ll love this provision from Section 6055:
(b) Form and manner of return
(1) In general
A return is described in this subsection if such return—
(A) is in such form as the Secretary may prescribe, and
(B) contains— (snip)
(iv) such other information as the Secretary may require.
It’s not even being left up to our elected representatives, but to the Secretary of the Treasury, an appointed official, to decide what information employers and employees must provide. The Treasury Department wants a dry run of the reporting systems with your 2013 income tax returns; they already had part of that dry run on our 2012 returns, but it was an optional response. Naturally, your Editor absolutely refused to answer. Since it looks like the questions at the end of the 2013 tax returns are also going to be optional, I will refuse to answer on that as well.
Now, it just so happens that I have a Form W-2 handy.
In Box 12a, for example, my employer was able to report how much money I had withheld from my gross for contribution to my 401(k) retirement plan, and has a single letter code for what type of plan it is. Al that has to be done is to add a simple box, say 12e, which is currently not on the form, with a single letter code specifying what kind of health insurance plan the employee chose, whether the employee participated, and the dates of effective coverage.
Another simple method would be through the issuance of a Form 1098. The image shown is a blank Form 1098-T, through which colleges report tuition paid, since that can be deductible. A regular 1098 is for reporting mortgage interest paid. Since everybody is required to have a Social Security number, the insurance company providing coverage could simply be require to provide a 1098 for every insurer person, noting the type of plan and dates of coverage. Al that needs to be done is add a control number, for referencing forms when filing electronically, and every reporting need can be met. Your Editor, obviously, doesn’t want any of this to happen, wants to see the whole terrible law repealed, and wants to see the concept that the government is responsible for your health care repudiated, but he can, and will, still point out ta this is actually very simple.
Moreover, it has to be simple, to avoid adding too much additional costs to businesses and to avoid making income taxes too complicated for anyone to be able to do without going to H&R Block.1
If I can tell the Administration how, after a whopping five minutes of thought, to meet the reporting requirements of the PP&ACA, easily and simply, it is completely unreasonable to think that the entire Treasury Department, with its thousands and thousands of employees, couldn’t do it and get it done, on time, when they had a three year advance notice of this. What the f(ornicate) have they been doing all this time?
Of course, this raises another, very obvious question: if the Departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services could not, in the three whole years since the PP&ACA was passed, figure out how to classify various insurance programs and make it simple for individuals to record and report their insurance coverage on their Forms 1040, how on God’s earth can they be expected to actually regulate our health care system?
And the obvious answer is: they can’t. They are in over their heads.
- Your Editor uses Turbo-Tax, because of electronic filing, but he did all of his family’s taxes, by hand, every year up through 2001. I do not understand why people are so afraid of filling out their income tax forms; they are actually pretty simple. ↩