Legislation introduced in House and Senate requires one-year delay of employer mandate if CMS or GAO study finds negative impact on jobs or premiums
WASHINGTON, May 22 –Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Representatives Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and Diane Black (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to protect small businesses from Obamacare’s job-killing mandate to provide employees government-approved health insurance or pay a fine.
Fincher said: "Across the 8th District, I've heard from working class men and women who are struggling to make ends meet as their health care premiums have sky-rocketed under Obamacare. This study will prove how Obamacare is impacting American’s health care costs and stifling small business job creation."
Black said: “When I travel throughout my district, the number one concern for my constituents continues to be jobs and the economy. That is why it is such a top priority for us in Congress to work where we can to reduce the burdens government is placing on employers so that they can put Americans back to work. This is especially problematic with the costly mandates and fines contained in Obamacare. The President and Congressional Democrats should welcome any effort to help Americans get back to work, which is just what the Certify It Act aims to do.”
The Certify It Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Actuary to work with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on annual studies to assess the impact Obamacare will have on small business health insurance premiums and jobs. If their studies find that the healthcare law is having a negative impact on either, the Certify It Act delays the employer mandate for the following year.
My Comment: This bill is the smart way to fight Obamacare until Republicans can gain control of the machinery of government and repeal and replace it. President Obama himself, with no authority to do so, delayed the employer mandate by a year, to 2015, and gave companies with between 50 and 99 employees another year’s grace period after that. Does anyone besides me think that was a calculated move on the part of Obama to delay the ill effects of Obamacare and anticipated voter revenge until after the mid-term election? This proposal by Alexander, Fincher and Black seems like a reasonable proposal that Democrats, not blinded by Obama loyalty and ideology, could support. If Democrats really believe Obamacare will not have a negative impact on insurance premiums or jobs, then why would that not support it? It will probably pass the House and die in Harry Reid's Senate, however.