Bonnie Petrie

Key House Committee Questions Employer Mandate Delay

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday morning in Washington on the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the Obamacare Employer Mandate.  Committee Chair Kevin Brady of the Woodlands concedes the delay is probably legal, but hopes to hear testimony that will shed light on the readiness of other parts of the Affordable Care Act.

The administration has already conceded there are big problems in implementing the law.  The Republican congressman says he worries that if the part of the law that requires employers of more than 50 people to provide health insurance to full time employees isn’t ready, then perhaps the so-call individual mandate isn’t ready either.  The individual mandate requires uninsured families and individuals to enroll in a government approved insurance program by January 1, 2014.

Brady has made no secret of his dislike for the Affordable Care Act, but says if it is to be implemented, the administration should probably delay it for as long as three years to get everything in place and ready to go.

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