Delaying Obamacare’s Employer Mandate

July 3rd, 2013 at 8:11 am

Here’s my take over at the NYT Economix blog. ┬áIt’s an unfortunate delay, and it’s already feeding the frenzy by those invested in proving the law can’t work, many of whom, of course, are trying their hardest to ensure that outcome.

And for those who want to argue that a single payer system where the government is insurer–like Medicare–avoids these tricky employer connections, go ahead…you’ve got a point.

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One comment in reply to "Delaying Obamacare’s Employer Mandate"

  1. Jill SH says:

    I’ve often wondered just how in love with employer-supplied health insurance private business really is.

    I know what an incredible burden it can be on small businesses (think my local plumber or fuel oil supplier, family-run businesses with fewer than 20 employees). But is big business really gung-ho about giving this coverage? Wouldn’t big business be just as happy to get this monkey off their back, and let govt. run the show, especially since Medicare does it so cost-effectively?

    Think what single-payer, supported by payroll/income taxes which are proportionate to one’s income level, would do to the whole full-/part-time employee dichotomy. No more hassle of 29.5 hours vs 30 hours. No more cliff effect when someone starts a job and goes off Medicaid. No need to means test Medicare — if elderly are well-off, with substantial non-SS income, they’d contribute more.

    Yeah, ok, we’d put a lot of big health insurance companies out of business, and that might hurt some investment portfolios. But I’d sure like to chance that.


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