As was published in the
national media recently, the White House announced a one-year delay in
implementation of the employer mandate that requires employers with greater
than 50 employees to pay for health insurance or face a penalty. MRAA worked during the drafting of the
Affordable Care Act to exempt employers with fewer than 50 employees from the
mandate, which MRAA thought would exempt most marine retailers.
In a letter to the White
House, Republicans demanded answers why businesses are off the hook but the
rest of America is not. House leadership
on July 9 seized on the Administration’s one-year delay of the requirement that
employers offer health insurance or face penalties by demanding the same
postponement for the mandate on
individual insurance purchases and promised a series of showdowns.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
clearly took aim at the individual mandate by saying, "each provision
you delay continues to demonstrate that the entire law is unworkable.” Rumors in DC indicate troubles in the
Department of Health and Human Services in writing the rules and regulations
needed to implement Obamacare.