Move Targets Small to Medium Companies
The Obama Administration announced on Monday that it is again delaying the implementation of part of the Obamacare employer mandate. Businesses with between 50 and 99 employees will now have until 2016, pushed a year from the 2015 deadline, to offer health coverage to their employees. The move is the latest in a series of delays and problems for the President’s signature legislation. Many news organizations suggested that the move was political; under the previous 2015 deadline, business owners would be attempting to deal with the mandate just as voters were going to the polls for the 2014 elections.
In response to the delay, Amanda Austin, NFIB’s Director of Federal Public Policy, said, “It doesn’t always feel good to be right. Every time small business owners hear about another delay or random rewrite of the rules under this law, they are shaking their heads and thinking ‘we told you so.’ Today’s news is simply the latest indicator that this law is not ready for prime-time and has systemic flaws that need to be corrected permanently. Temporary delays are not enough.”
The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, McClatchy and the AP all provide coverage of the move. NFIB also provides a comprehensive guide to what Obamacare means to small businesses.