I’m a supporter of the bill, and someone who was working for the administration when health legislation was designed, so let’s be clear: the fact that it’s complex doesn’t mean its implementation is anything like the train wreck that conservative Republicans (and Max Baucus) like to call it.
There are lots of predictions the Affordable Care Act will force employers to lay off employees, reduce hours, and cut seasonal positions. But a report released Monday from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that up to nearly 1 million workers may voluntarily leave their jobs because of the new health care law.
Employers face an open enrollment period for 2014 under far less pressure because of a one-year delay of potential employer penalties under the Affordable Care Act, an ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) vice president told BNA July 9.
The success of the 2010 Affordable Care Act is largely dependent on how many people are willing to buy subsidized health plans through government exchanges. Most of the people affected by Obama’s decision this month to delay the employer mandate to provide health care will now be eligible to use the exchanges when they open Oct. 1.
President Barack Obama’s recent decision to delay enforcement of penalties on employers who don’t provide health insurance for their workers is a move that Democrats and Republicans should applaud and voters should welcome.
In Washington, D.C., the battle over Obamacare is a fight to the death, with Republicans vowing to repeal it and Democrats determined to keep it alive. But many businesses seem to have a calmer attitude that basically amounts to “whatever.”
Small business workers in at least 15 states and the District of Columbia, including California, may have a menu of health insurance choices next year, something that didn’t seem likely a few months ago.
Eric King has worked diligently to keep his family’s 35-year-old seafood restaurant here viable, most recently by expanding the menu beyond its well-loved crab cakes and other traditional dishes to draw a younger, freer-spending crowd.
Just across the Sierra in California, the construction of a new health care framework means dealing with insurance companies quite differently. “We’re picking plans that are best for consumers instead of letting the plans pick consumers that are best for them,” says Peter Lee, Executive Director of Covered California, the golden state’s exchange.
I asked around. Peter Orszag, who helped design Obamacare from his perch as head of the Office of Management and Budget, disagreed with Rubin. “Delaying the employer mandate makes successful implementation more likely, not less likely,” he told me.