Unlikely Bedfellows: Democrats and Republicans Call For End To Employer Mandate

Unlikely Bedfellows: Democrats and Republicans Call For End To Employer Mandate

Rarely do Republicans and Democrats find themselves in agreement on any issues; even more rarely do they find themselves fighting for the same cause. While their positions have been formed by widely different logic, Republicans and Democrats are finding themselves agreeing more and more when it comes to the employer mandate section of the Affordable Care Act.

According to a recent Politico article, a number of left-leaning entities and individuals are beginning to voice significant displeasure with the employer mandate. Particularly notable, the Urban Institute, Commonwealth Fund, and legal expert, Tim Jost, subscribe to the belief that “penalizing businesses if they don’t offer health insurance is an unnecessary element of the Affordable Care Act that may do more harm than good.” In a recent Health Affairs post, Jost denounced the employer mandate as a requirement that “cries out for repair.” Jost notes that the repeal of the mandate “might not be such a bad idea,” if workers and businesses are compensated with more desirable options.

One can conclude that should the employer mandate continue to receive such intense assaults from both the left and the right, a significant portion of the ACA could suffer irreparable damage. In the end, the administration may have no other choice but to replace some of the key features of the bill with options that are more palatable to those on both ends of the political spectrum.

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