Employer-Mandate Delay

by Grace-Marie Turner

It is astonishing that the administration thinks delaying the reporting requirements and fines for the employer mandate will provide relief.  Apart from the fact that administration officials do not have the legal authority to change the statue requiring the mandate to begin in January of 2014, do they really think that employers will suddenly start hiring people for a year, only to have to lay them off next year?  

Employers are going to continue to restructure their businesses to avoid pulling the 50-employee trigger.  And it isn’t the reporting requirements that are the primary concern of employers – it’s the cost of the Obamacare health insurance and fines!

This is further evidence the administration just doesn’t understand the fundamental reasons for the devastating damage this health law is doing to the economy.  Giving employers a year is no reprieve.


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