July 5th, 2013
No employer-provided health insurance? Wait until 2015 (maybe)
Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to Pres. Obama, was the one to announce that employers will have an extra year to not provide employees with health insurance if they do not now. The White House chose to make the announcement the day before July 4 on Jarrett’s blog. The headline read: “We’re Listening to Businesses about the Health Care Law.” Too bad they don’t listen to workers without insurance whose immediate health problems require medical attention! But in America, as in no other major industrialized nation, without insurance people don’t have affordable access to doctors, clinics or hospitals.
“As we implement this law, we have and will continue to make changes as needed. In our ongoing discussions with businesses we have heard that you need the time to get this right,” she said in a post on the White House blog. “We are listening.”
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation 2012 Survey of Employers: 94% of employers with 50-199 employees provide some sort of health insurance (albeit with high deductibles and premium sharing); 98% of employers with over 200 employees make insurance available. Then, why the delay? Implementation of the law (passed back in 2010) will affect only employers with 50 or more employees.
SHRM, the HR trade association sure was happy, telling their members:
HR professionals across the country are celebrating today, not just in anticipation for Independence Day, but because of the U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement of a one year delay in implementing the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Thought you’d want to know who has the ear of the President.
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