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September 18, 2014

Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Delayed to 2015

The Treasury Department announced that it will delay the employer mandate provision in President Obama’s health care reform law until 2015, which would require any business with more than 50 full-time workers to provide affordable health insurance or pay a penalty, according to The Hill.

“The change will likely mean that more people buy individual coverage through the law’s new insurance exchanges, which are supposed to be open for enrollment by Oct. 1. If fewer employees have access to coverage through work, at least some are likely to turn to the exchanges for coverage and the tax credit that helps cover the cost.”

Lyle Denniston: “That mandate was one of the main sections of the Affordable Care Act that had been challenged before the Supreme Court last Term.  Without giving any reasons, the Court simply chose not to rule on that specific requirement, even while taking on other key sections.   The Court did uphold what is called the individual mandate.”

Ezra Klein hopes that President Obama and Congress find a way to repeal the employer mandate: “By tying the penalties to how many full-time workers an employer has, and how many of them qualify for subsidies, the mandate gives employers a reason to have fewer full-time workers, and fewer low-income workers.”

Christopher Fiavelle: “Opponents of other elements of the law — the individual mandate, Medicare payment cuts, exchange subsidies, to name a few — will no longer buy the line that we’re too far along to change now.”

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