GOP Wants More Information on Employer Mandate Delay
On Monday, three Republican leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requesting more information about the Obama administration's recent decision to delay the Affordable Care Act's employer coverage mandate by one year. In the letter, Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Oversight Subcommittee Chair Charles Boustany (R-La.) and Health Subcommittee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) asked for the exact date the administration began considering the delay. They also asked for the names of all personnel involved with the final decision -- including officials at the Internal Revenue Service, HHS and the White House -- and the dates those individuals were consulted. Finally, the lawmakers asked for a detailed analysis of the delay's effect on federal spending, tax revenues, job creation, employer-based health coverage and projected enrollment rates in the law's health insurance exchanges.
- "GOP Presses Obama Administration on Mandate Delay Timeline" (Viebeck, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 7/23).