Senate Push to Repeal Misguided Employer Mandate Begins This Week

One of the very first actions of the new Congress was to chip away at one of the worst elements of Obamacare: the employer mandate. The president’s health care law mandated businesses with at least 50 full-time employees to provide their workers with insurance that the federal government deems “affordable” or pay a fine of…
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House Passes Two Bipartisan Bills, White House Issues Three Veto Threats

The new Republican majority didn’t waste much time getting down to business. Just days after taking their seats the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed two bills to ameliorate troublesome aspects of the president’s health care law. The first, passed unanimously, was the Hire More Heroes Act, a bill that excludes veterans from the employer mandate…
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Democrats Want to Nix the Employer Mandate, They Just Have No Idea How to Pay for It

In 2013 the Obama administration made the politically expedient decision to delay the employer mandate, meaning that businesses would not be penalized for failing to provide health insurance. The mandate suffered steep opposition among business leaders who were facing the prospect of downsizing their workforce or cutting workers’ hours in order to afford or avoid…
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As Obamacare Delays Mount, Democrats’ “Bring it On” Strategy Goes Bust

For better or worse, Democrats appear to be determined to go down with the Obamacare ship. Earlier this summer the party coalesced around a strategy to stick with the unpopular health care law through thick or thin. But not even the most prescient of strategists could have predicted just how much “thin” there was to…
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Employer Mandate Delay Could Cost Taxpayers Hundreds of Billions of Dollars

So far most of the talk about the employer mandate has been focused on whether the decision is a political winner for Democrats in 2014. On the one hand, Democrats get to avoid bad election-year headlines that would have come with businesses laying off workers, hiring more part-timers and refusing to grow above the 50-person…
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As Employer Mandate Falls, The Question Becomes – What’s Next?

The timing of a news story can sometimes tell you as much as the story itself. The famed “Friday evening document dumps,” are a political tactic designed to hide some unseemly information since news readership plummets on the weekend and you’re top investigative journalists generally aren’t working Friday night. Breaking news right before a holiday…
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Obamacare Going Off the Rails, And Taking Democrats’ Electoral Hopes With It

The Obamacare train wreck appears to be happening sooner than even its harshest critics anticipated. Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that it would delay a key portion of the health care law – the mandate that larger employers provide coverage for their workers – until 2015. As drafted, the mandate requires companies with more than…
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