Delaying the Employer Mandate Is a Significant Financial and Policy Move

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 9:08 am

The Obama administration has repeatedly tried to downplay the importance of its decision to delay the employer mandate for a year, but it is actually one of the most significant unilateral actions taken by this president. It will have substantial policy and financial implications next year.

According to the CBO, the move will cost the government $12 billion next year and will increase the projected number of people without insurance by roughly half a million.


Obama Will Veto Bill to Make His Decision on the Employer Mandate Legal

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 9:25 am

The political genius of John Boehner’s plan for dueling votes today on the individual and employer mandate is on full display with President Obama’s incredibly bizarre veto threat. Obama says he will not only veto the bill to delay the individual mandate but will also veto the bill to make his plan to delay the employer mandate legal. From the OMB:

Administration to Let Employers Avoid Mandate by Offering Worthless Insurance

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 12:05 pm

The Obama administration will allow employers to effectively avoid much of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act by offering basically worthless insurance. From Politico:

McConnell: Obamacare Is Likely to Be the “Premiere Issue in the 2014 Election”

By: Monday July 15, 2013 12:25 pm

Republicans have grown increasingly convinced that even after it is implemented the Affordable Care Act will remain a successful political weapon for them. Speaker John Boehner has scheduled a vote this week on the employer and individual mandates to try to embarrass House Democrats. On Meet the Press Senate Minority Leader called it the premiere issue of the next election. From MTP:

If You Haven’t Figured Out How to Make the Employer Mandate Work Yet, How Will Another Year Help?

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 3:25 pm

The most concerning aspect about the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate is the justification for the delay. The Treasury Department is basically claiming that the reporting system they originally created to try to make the poorly designed mandate work is incredibly burdensome.

Not Ready on Time: Three Major Provisions of Obamacare Delayed for at Least a Year

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 10:25 am

Despite almost fours years of preparation many significant provisions in the Affordable Care Act will not be ready for 2014. The Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate until 2015 now makes it the third major coverage expansion provision that will not go into effect on time.

Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015

By: Wednesday July 3, 2013 8:30 am

Yesterday in a surprise move the Obama administration announced that they were delaying the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate until 2015. This will conventionally put the implementation of the provision off until after the next congressional election. From the Treasury:

Six Ways Obamacare Might Be Judged

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 11:10 am

At least some of the disagreement about how well Obamacare will turn out is actually not the result of individuals having vastly different predictions of what will happen, they simply have different ideas of what should constitute a success.

Poorly Designed Employer Mandate Could Lead to Problematic Gaming

By: Monday May 20, 2013 9:25 am

The bad design of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act has led some businesses to look at cutting part-time employee’s work to just under the 30 hour threshold, but that is not the only loophole business could exploit. Because the new law doesn’t apply the same standards to large businesses and self-insured companies they may theoretically avoid the mandate by offering what is basically just insurance in name only. From the Wall Street Journal:

McKinsey Down in Flames as They Distance from Findings of Controversial Health Care Study

By: Monday June 20, 2011 4:16 pm

This is pretty much a public relations disaster for McKinsey. They’re clearly trying to claim that their study wasn’t making a prediction about the employer market, when the initial results actually show a strong lean in that direction, particularly the line that “the shift away from employer-provided health insurance will be vastly greater than expected and will make sense for many companies and lower-income workers alike.”

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