(July 3) Today's Top Headlines - Six answers to why key part of Obamacare is delayed - Tucson Local Media: Today's Headlines

(July 3) Today's Top Headlines - Six answers to why key part of Obamacare is delayed

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:39 am

USA Today answer six questions on why Obamacare is being delayed

1. What did the administration do?

The Obama administration announced late Tuesday it is delaying for one year a key requirement of its massive health care law: that companies with 50 or more workers must provide affordable health coverage to employees or risk tax penalties. The provision had been set to take effect Jan. 1; now it kicks in at the start of 2015.

2. What was the problem?

Business people say the provisions would be too costly. They also protest that the rules are too complicated when it comes to the definitions of "full-time" employees and what would constitute "affordable" insurance. Analysts predicted that some smaller businesses would keep their number of employees below 50 to avoid being subject to the law, and that process could start during the one-year delay period.

3. Does this mean the entire health care law is delayed?

No. The delay affects only the provision that requires larger businesses to provide health insurance to its workers, the so-called "employer mandate." Other parts of the Affordable Care Act are moving forward, including the opening of health care market exchanges in October.

4. What are the political implications?

Once again, health care will be a major election issue. Republicans plan to harp on the delays as they campaign against the Obama plan in the 2014 congressional elections. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that "Obamacare costs too much and it isn't working the way the administration promised."

5. How is the business community reacting?

The delay decision is earning praise from business people who have been critical of the health care law. The National Retail Federation said the one-year delay "will provide more time to update their health care coverage without threat of arbitrary punishment."

6. What does the Obama administration say?

White House officials cast the decision as an effort to work with the business community as part of phasing in a health care overhaul that will reform the system. In a White House blog post, adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote that "to help restore middle class security, we are making health care more affordable to businesses, government, and American families through the Affordable Care Act."

© 2016 Tucson Local Media. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Welcome to the discussion.

Clutch - X-Ray Visions

More Featured Videos

Featured Videos

Spacer4px

Online poll

The Marana capital improvements improvements are expected to take years to complete as Marana finds the best plan of action to complete the projects and fund the improvements. Do you think this is a good idea?

The town of Marana is looking at ways to do capital improvements to the oldest neighborhoods in Marana. Over the next few months the town will survey older neighborhoods and see what amenities they need and form a plan to make sure neighborhoods have paved roads, sidewalks, adequate drainage, lighting and even pocket parks. “We want to make sure that every neighborhood has a base standard for infrastructure,” said Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. The improvements are expected to take years to complete as Marana finds the best plan of action to complete the projects and fund the improvements. Do you think this is a good idea?

Total Votes: 13

Loading…

How do you feel about a potential memorial art project to honor our community’s bravest men and women?

During the Jan. 20 town council meeting, a vote was unanimously passed to look into the feasibility of a “Memorial Public Art Project,” at the request of Oro Valley resident Dick Eggerding to potentially be placed somewhere in the town to honor military veterans and first responders. Though no concrete plans were then ready to act on, there was a show of overwhelming support for such project from residents and staff alike during the council meeting. In an effort to poll to community at-large, The Explorer would like to know how you feel about a potential memorial art project to honor our community’s bravest men and women.

Total Votes: 24

Loading…

Follow us on Facebook