A couple of nights ago Jon Stewart of The fabled Daily Show went on a bit of an old man rant. Why -- he asked of guest Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary -- should companies get a one year delay of their ACA mandate when individuals can't? I guess his point was something about how companies have lobbiests and ordinary people don't, but holy smokes. He didn't know when to quit. He started to verge into "old man yells at cloud" territory. He even reiterated his argument in the sting when she wasn't there to defend herself.
Dude. Give it up. You really don't know what you're talking about.
Actually she tried to answer the question over and over, but she's just not good at making complex arguments in a confrontive interview format. Ha ha! I joke! Nobody is.
Actually, his age doesn't explain it. As amusing as it might be to make ageist jokes, I'm actually as old as Jon and I get the distinction. Let me try to explain it in a few hundred words.
OK Jon, you know how the ACA works, right? There are three parts. Comunity standards eliminate "preexisting conditions" that everyone agrees are horrible; mandates prevent young healthy people from waiting until they're sick to enroll; subsidies allow even the poor to fulfill the mandate. It's a three-legged stool. Without any part of it the whole thing fails.
Good so far? Two parts are nice, one part is punitive -- the part that requires people to pay for the healthcare they get, whether they buy insurance or go to the emergency room if they have no insurance. People hate to pay for things, especially things that might be for other people. That's why the GOP opposed single-payer, by the way. Please don't attack Ms Sebelious about that, like you did. It wasn't her fault. Can we agree on that?
Anyway, back to our stool. What part of the mandate -- the thing that people don't like -- is most important? Is it the mandate for individuals, or the mandate for large corporations? I don't know for a fact, but I'm going to guess 10:1 that the individual mandate is more important. Without the corporate mandate the thing is working at 90% efficiency; without the individual mandate the thing is dead. If you delay the individual mandate for a year, you're basically asking to delay the ACA for a year.
Actually, it's worse. If you only implement two legs of the stool and leave out the "how to pay for it" leg, you actually make it fail. I'm guessing all things being equal you'd like Obamacare to work, Jon, you're just too dumb to understand that you're not helping.