Today, I found an interesting article in Politico by Page Winfield Cunningham and Kyle Cheney. The article suggests that some Democrats as well as most Republicans are interested in passing legislation to eliminate the employer mandate. The article states
“The rule that businesses with more than 50 full time workers offer them affordable health insurance has been a political headache from the start.”
The article notes that compliance is very complicated and many employers have been slashing work hours to minimize the cost of compliance. The article then refers to a report prepared by the Urban Institute indicating that eliminating the employer mandate would result in only about 200,000 people losing their health coverage.
In other words, eliminating the mandate would make it easier for employers to operate their businesses and hire employees and that the loss insured people would be relatively small.
I agree with the Politico authors that the mandate should be repealed; however, I believe that maintaining the employer mandate will result in fewer people getting health insurance rather than more. In addition, most of those who end up with no coverage will be low wage low skilled employees.