House Republicans leaders want President Obama to explain the implications of his decision to delay the “employer mandate” portion of the new health care law by one year.
In a letter to the White House, they characterize the move to put off the mandate until 2015 — after the midterm elections — as “only the latest unilateral delay or change to the law taken by your administration.”
“Your decision to delay one part of the law affecting employers and leave in place provisions regulating individual and family health care creates many new questions and concerns,” they wrote.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, and his lieutenants said the delays are confirming their longstanding fears about “Obamacare.” Unlike the president, they fear any problems with the mandates will not be remedied over time.
In announcing the delay, the White House and Treasury said the reporting requirements associated with the employer mandate are complex and called for flexibility.
But GOP leaders want to know about the potential fiscal impact of putting off the penalties associated with the employer mandate.
They’ve asked the Obama administration to estimate how many more people will be receiving government subsidies to buy insurance on the exchanges, and the number of people who will have to pay the individual mandate penalty in 2014.
They also want the White House to outline any changes in the number of employers who will offer health coverage, and how the delay could affect federal revenues and Medicaid enrollment next year.
The letter asks for answers by Oct. 1 — the date when insurance markets tied to the health care law are set to begin open enrollment.