ObamaCare is chugging fast toward the finish line but yesterday there was a big derailment. On Tuesday July 2, 2013 The Obama administration announced that the 2014 employer mandate that requires every business over 50 employees to provide affordable health care will be delayed until 2015.
The Affordable Care Act is a wide sweeping new law that says every person over 18 must have health insurance beginning on January 1, 2014. Penalties for non-compliance include fines levied by the Internal Revenue Service and that alone has created much of the country to oppose the new law.
If the employer mandate is delayed as it seems to now be, will those persons who would have gotten coverage from their employer (and now will not) still face a fine? This absolutely creates chaos as the new law and all the red tape and bureaucracy that has gone along with it limp toward the finish line. Without the ObamaCare employer mandate, the law will surely fail in its goal to get most of the country on health insurance.
Obama’s administration is facing the reality that overhauling the whole federal health care system comes with a lot more challenges than originally anticipated. This one year delay of the employer mandate to 2015 likely shows that implementing a new system that insures most everyone in the nation is a far bigger challenge than the administration ever believed.