Gibbs: Employer Mandate Will Not Go into Effect

by Andrew Johnson

While the White House continues its victory lap for reaching its enrollment goals, one former top Obama official questioned several key provisions of the laws.

Speaking at the 2014 Benefits Selling Expo in Colorado Spring, Colo., the former White House press secretary told an audience that he expects the employer mandate — a provision that requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide coverage — to be scrapped. The mandate has been delayed twice in the past year already.

“I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect,” he said, according to BenefitsPro. “It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go.”

While he said that he supported reforming the American health-care system, Gibbs expressed weariness about the controversial individual mandate and raised concerns about some people having to pay more for plans under Obamacare. “Health care has to add an additional layer of coverage cheaper than the plans already offered,” he said.

“We need to have an honest discussion about improving and tweaking the law,” rather than repealing it, he said. 

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