Senators ask for another delay in the ACA

Mar 2012
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Six democrat senators and one independent is asking for another delay in the small business part of the ACA.

"Six Democratic senators and one independent have asked the Department of Health and Human Services to a delay a new rule that would likely force small businesses to pay more for employee health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The senators warn that if the administration goes ahead with the change it would be "particularly harmful and disruptive" to small businesses."

"Starting in 2016, the Obamacare change will require businesses that employ between 51-100 people to purchase insurance in what the government defines as the "small group market," rather than the market for large group plans. The senators warn that the change will inflate health care costs for those businesses."

The letter was signed by Democrats Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Joe Machin (W. Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Chris Coons (Del.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.). Maine's Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also signed it.

Dem senators warn Obamacare rule 'particularly harmful and disruptive' | WashingtonExaminer.com
 

Macduff

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So what is the delay going to accomplish? Delaying is only putting it off. Besides, it's not like the businesses concerned are going to undo their preparations just to have to do it over again in a year. How about changing the dumb law instead of just holding it off?
 

Southern Dad

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So what is the delay going to accomplish? Delaying is only putting it off. Besides, it's not like the businesses concerned are going to undo their preparations just to have to do it over again in a year. How about changing the dumb law instead of just holding it off?
If they can keep delaying it, the next election will pass. These are democrats, they have lost the House and Senate. They know that any changes to the ACA will not be what they want them to be.
 
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So what is the delay going to accomplish? Delaying is only putting it off. Besides, it's not like the businesses concerned are going to undo their preparations just to have to do it over again in a year. How about changing the dumb law instead of just holding it off?
No doubt they have seen studies coming out of Massachusetts and how small businesses have fared there with Romneycare. It hasn't been very positive.

"Another reflection of the future from Romneycare —and not for the best—is what's happening to small businesses."

"Health insurance premiums went up by double-digit percentage points for small business policies in the state for four out of the first five years of the reform law, according to the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. Some of that is a result of rising health care costs, but some is also from additional coverage—such as mental health—that businesses must offer under both reform laws."

Want a Glimpse of Obamacare? Look at Massachusetts
 

Southern Dad

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What they are worried about is how those people will vote after their insurance goes up. The best thing you can support is something that gets you your benefits now but the cost doesn't hit until you are out of office.
 
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What they are worried about is how those people will vote after their insurance goes up. The best thing you can support is something that gets you your benefits now but the cost doesn't hit until you are out of office.
Its also interesting to note that many of the senators asking for the delay will be up for re-election and seem to be nervous about it.
 

Southern Dad

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Its also interesting to note that many of the senators asking for the delay will be up for re-election and seem to be nervous about it.
Wouldn't you be if you were running for election when this bomb drops on the small employers?