The "glitch" Tax looms (Corrected)
The idea that Obama and his acolytes in the media would ask Americans to be patient while they work out the "glitches" in the "obamacare" exchange web sites overlooks one very important point. The people who are going to these exchanges to find health insurance are under penalty of law, enforced by the IRS , required to have health insurance by April 1, 2014.
So in effect people are being told that they "must" have insurance in 180, now 172 days, or they will be subject to a penalty which John Roberts calls a tax, while simultaneously not being able to purchase said insurance through the source provided to do so. Worse still these "glitches" are stacking up the process by which people can obtain insurance creating an even larger bottle neck as we get closer to the "mandatory" deadline. Remember this by the way when they tout the number of people going to the web site, they have to.
It is possible indeed likely that come the deadline many people will have applied for or in other ways be in the "system" but not yet have insurance and thus subject to the penalty/tax.
The last compromise offer by the GOP controlled House in the shut down battle was to delay just the individual mandate portion of Obamacare as Obama unlawfully did for the business mandate. He did this because businesses complained that they could not possibly comply to the law by the laws compliance date. if Obama and the Democrats do not delay the individual mandate it is very likely that ,who knows how many Americans, will be in violation of the law simply because the Administration did not have its act together in order for people to comply due to "glitches" in exchange web sites.
President Obama recently said “In the first week, first month, first three months, I would suspect that there will be glitches,” how nice of him to say so. But these glitches are not just an indication of the Administration's incompetence, they are in effect creating an ever growing number of unintended law breakers. Lawbreakers who will be subject to pay a penalty/tax simply because the president and the Democrats have crafted an unworkable law and refuse to compromise on delaying its implementation.
But of course this is the Republicans fault.
Ignorance is bliss
(Correction) I mistakenly put mandate date of Jan 1, 2014, actual date is April 1, 2014. Ihave corrected in this post