Opinion: Obamacare's employer mandate should be repealed

The Washington Post, July 3, 2013

Delaying Obamacare's employer mandate is the right thing to do. Frankly, eliminating it — or at least utterly overhauling it — is probably the right thing to do. But the administration executing a regulatory end-run around Congress is not the right way to do it. The Affordable Care Act includes a provision penalizing employers with more than 50 full-time workers who either don't offer health insurance or whose employees who can't afford insurance without taxpayer help. Those penalties begin in 2014. At least, that's what the law says. It's a bad bit of policy. In fact, when it first emerged during the Senate's negotiations, I called it "one of the worst ideas in recent memory."


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