From the Wall Street Journal: “Health-Law Mandate Put Off Again.”
Most employers won’t face a fine next year if they fail to offer workers health insurance, the Obama administration said Monday, in the latest big delay of the health-law rollout.
The Treasury Department, in regulations outlining the Affordable Care Act, said employers with 50 to 99 full-time workers won’t have to comply with the law’s requirement to provide insurance or pay a fee until 2016. Companies with more workers could avoid some penalties in 2015 if they showed they were offering coverage to at least 70% of full-time workers.
The move came after employers pressured the Obama administration to peel back the law’s insurance requirements. Some firms had trimmed workers’ hours to below 30 hours a week to avoid paying a penalty if they didn’t offer insurance.
A senior administration official said the shift was a response to businesses’ concerns, though the official said no one reason was behind the change.
Under the original 2010 health law, employers with the equivalent of at least 50 full-time workers had to offer coverage or pay a penalty starting at $2,000 a worker beginning in 2014. Last year, the administration delayed the requirement for the first time by moving it to 2015.
The quote I found most irritating is this: “Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said, ‘It’s time to extend that exemption to families and individuals—not just businesses.’”
I’m trying mightily to restrain myself… NO!, NO!, NO!, NO!, NO! Quit buying off groups, one at a time! This is yet another proof that this whole stupid law needs to be scrapped.
This is also further testimony, Mr. McConnell, that this President needs to be impeached, NOW! The Executive cannot rewrite laws just to suit his political whims and keep his “party” from paying the price for their stupidity. Either apply the whole thing, or scrap the whole thing. Those are the only choices. Please grow a pair, and do your job.
I say: Scrap it!!