Democrats and Republicans – Unlikely Bedfellows on Employee Mandate?

Democrats and Republicans – Unlikely Bedfellows on Employee Mandate?
The Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently conducted research to determine whether or not elimination of employee mandates could resolve one of the most controversial portions of the Affordable Care Act.  A recent Chicago Tribune article suggests that the results of this important study have the potential to generate bipartisan endorsement, even possibly from extremes on both sides of the aisle.  In line with the conservative mentality of the Heritage Foundation, the Tribune cites the study’s conclusion that “500,000 fewer individuals would have employer-provided health coverage if the mandate were repealed, but about 300,000 of them would gain coverage via the Obamacare insurance exchanges or Medicaid. So the impact on health care would be quite modest. Eliminating the mandate, though, would remove incentives to shed workers or reduce wages.”
Democrats should surely be encouraged by the prediction that levels of uninsured could be significantly reduced.  As important, Democrats should welcome the incentives handed to businesses to retain at least current levels of employees – an issue of paramount importance to the Labor Unions.  While both parties may never fully agree on how to resolve all of the Obamacare problems, it is gratifying to know that both sides can potentially agree on at least one very critical issue.

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