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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Michael F. Cannon
The Obama administration is using last week's delay of the health care law's employer mandate to try to get some of the legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act thrown out of court, arguing that with the changes, it's no longer clear what the final policy will look like so businesses shouldn't sue yet.
President Obama's health care law may have been ruled constitutional last year, but it now faces a legal challenge over whether the federal government can pay out subsidies in states that have refused to set up their own insurance exchanges.
As the House begins debate this week on the Republicans' budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year, provisions that call for massive cuts to Medicare and Medicare will dominate - a precursor to the battles over entitlement spending expected to define the 2012 elections.
Michael F. Cannon, the Cato Institute's director of health policy studies, said the use of the government's use of the delay to fight Liberty's suit over Obamacare is "very interesting."
"Within hours of announcing its illegal decision to delay the employer mandate, the Obama administration asked a federal court to block a legal challenge to the mandate based on that delay," he said.