If you are confused about the new healthcare law, you are not alone. Even the folks in Washington who are supposed to be implementing the law are confused. It seems like every week another provision of the law is collapsing under its own weight. The latest is the delay of the employer mandate—(the provision that requires businesses with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees to offer prescribed health benefits to their employees and dependents or potentially pay steep penalties).
Even if you are paying close attention to the latest updates on the law’s implementation, you could have easily missed this one. News of the delay was not formally announced, but quietly slipped into a blog entry of one of the President’s top advisors.
“We’re giving businesses more time to comply,” blogged advisor Valerie Jarrett, who also claimed that the White House is “listening” to small business.
It’s true that extra time to comply with one of the most convoluted parts of the law might provide marginal help to some small-business owners. But delay is not the long-term solution to rising healthcare costs that the small-business community has been asking for.
The only way to get Obamacare right is for Congress to pass a permanent fix: full repeal. In the meantime, NFIB will continue to fight hard to correct its most dangerous pieces and do everything in our power to help you avoid its immediate pitfalls.
That’s why we’ve created “The Healthcare Playbook: A Small Business Guide to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” available on NFIB’s website. Unlike the act, this playbook is easy to understand, provides clear dates for action items and explains major requirements that you must meet.
I urge you to depend on the NFIB playbook and informative webinars for vital information that can help you and your small business meet the law’s demands and avoid penalties.
In addition, we are working constantly with pro-free-enterprise members of Congress to find workable solutions to other arcane pieces of the law. For example, we’re supporting bi-partisan legislation in both the House and Senate that would restore the definition of full-time employee to 40 hours; the healthcare law changed it to 30 hours, contradicting decades of labor law. Please join us in this crucial effort to minimize a major challenge to small businesses.
If the president is sincerely listening to jobs creators, he would provide the permanent relief they need so they can do what they do best. Americans have proved they are willing to forgive leaders who make major mistakes as long as they’re honest and admit their errors. Doing so would instill confidence in the nation’s economy and halt this fundamentally flawed policy before it inflicts serious damage.
It would be okay for Obama to concede that his law will not reduce the costs of healthcare or boost employment or lower the deficit. But we won’t hold our breath.
Delaying the employer mandate is a clear signal that Obamacare is showing signs of failure. Get active with NFIB now to help avoid this catastrophe.