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Monday, February 10, 2014

Obama administration easing rules on implementation of Affordable Care Act

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

More pullback on enforcement of the new health law. This from CNN:

The Obama administration is giving employers more time to comply with rules requiring them to provide affordable health insurance for their workers.

Companies with 50 to 99 employees will now have until 2016 to provide affordable coverage under Obamacare, a year later than expected. And larger companies must offer insurance to only 70% of full-time workers in 2015, rather than 95%.

Republicans are cackling. Remember, however: 1) most employers already offer insurance. 2) Most employers offer insurance because it's good for business and employees. 3) Massachusetts proved that mandates work. Employers there didn't dump insurance and take lower cost fees instead. They expanded coverage.

Ezra Klein notes that 99 percent of companies with 200 or more employees already have insurance plans.

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