The Obama administration has decided to delay the implementation of the employer mandate portion of Obamacare a year, according to Bloomberg:
Businesses won’t be penalized next year if they don’t provide workers health insurance after the Obama administration decided to delay a key requirement under its health-care law, two administration officials said.
The decision will come in regulatory guidance to be issued later this week. It addresses vehement complaints from employer groups about the administrative burden of reporting requirements, though it may also affect coverage provided to some workers.
The employer mandate is expected to cause some of Obamacare’s worst effects, so this decision may be a way to keep them from hitting all at once and temper the backlash. By delaying the implementation a year, the administration gives the rest of the regulations a chance to hit first before the effects of the employer mandate become evident.