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White House Extends Employer Mandate Deadline

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 3, 2013

As unexpected as news was, the responses from key stakeholders and critics in the healthcare reform debate were predictable.

House Speaker John Boehner, (R-OH) said in prepared remarks that "this announcement means even the Obama administration knows the 'train wreck' will only get worse. I hope the administration recognizes the need to release American families from the mandates of this law as well. This is a clear acknowledgment that the law is unworkable, and it underscores the need to repeal the law and replace it with effective, patient-centered reforms."

Business groups cheered the news.

"We commend the Administration's wise move to delay the employer reporting and penalty obligations under the Affordable Care Act. This one-year delay will provide employers and businesses more time to update their healthcare coverage without threat of arbitrary punishment," said Neil Trautwein, with the National Retail Federation.

"The National Retail Federation has worked hard to engage and educate our diverse membership on the upcoming ACA requirements and consistently and empathetically called on the Administration to delay these specific regulations. We appreciate the Administration's recognition of employer concerns and hope it will allow for greater flexibility in the future."

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2 comments on "White House Extends Employer Mandate Deadline"


John Jaffe MD (7/9/2013 at 5:52 PM)
Looks like the Administration is finally coming to terms with what a disaster Obamacare is and how much opposition there is to its implementation[INVALID]for very good reasons. Also the ever-expanding list of scandals oozing out of this White House, from Benghazi to IRS to AP phone monitoring, is further weakening an Administration already foundering in public opinion, thereby reducing any "moral suasion" that a President might otherwise have in trying to introduce unpopular mandates. The best that 1 can hope for with this ill-conceived monstrosity of a law that few understand and even fewer who understand it support, is that it will die a natural death and be replaced by a more limited and practicable healthcare reform alternative.

Robanai Disque (7/8/2013 at 8:56 PM)
This article just made me shake my head side to side thinking really. I don't know where the author of this article resides but where I do most people working for between $8.00-$15.00 an hour are only putting in 30 or below hours a week and are considered occasional part time but are expected to work as many hours as the boss says and when they get to a certain point were their accumulative hours in a years time starts getting close to a full time position they lay the person off so they don't have to pay benefits and they are treated like slaves. We wonder why the present young generation has no work ethic because we don't treat any of the present workers with respect. And while there is this delay who do you think is paying for those uninsured-those of us who are lucky enough to work 40 hours a week and have insurance. Our taxes pay for that and a good share of us have co-pays, large deductable because guess why our insurance premiums went up or we pay for our dependents. Why didn't the author take time to find out how many people work less than 30 hours already and or work more than one job with no benefits to make ends meet and have been doing it long before any discussion about all Americans deserve to have health care. Americans I said- those that aren't U.S. citizens already get health care which we often pay for. Sor for heaven sake get it over with and just go to socialized medicine we are already there we just don't want to admit.