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Staples, Like Other Companies, Can Afford to Treat Their Workers Right

Ben Spielberg | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Ben Spielberg

Staples' decision will undoubtedly renew arguments that the ACA's employer mandate has led to harmful effects on work. These arguments, like parallel narratives about min. wage laws and paid sick leave ordinances, are largely inaccurate, and advocates of evidence-based, power-balancing policy are absolutely right to debunk them.

Boehner, McConnell Mislead on Health Reform's Employer Mandate

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Boehner and McConnell called this week for a major change in health reform's requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to employees who work 30 or more hours a week or face a penalty. However, raising the threshold for mandating coverage would make a shift toward part-time employment much more likely -- not less so.

Jeffrey Young

A Republican Senate Can't Repeal Obamacare. That Won't Stop Them From Trying | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Republicans have been chomping at the bit to repeal Obamacare since the instant President Barack Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010. With cont...

DC Circuit Decision Isn't Just About Obamacare Subsidies: It Also Kills the Employer Mandate

Terry Connelly | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

The July 22 decision of a divided three-judge DC Federal Circuit Court panel invalidating the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) premium tax credits for anyone purchasing insurance on a Federal Exchange proves that you can "just make this stuff up."

Does My Company Have to Comply with Obamacare?

Avi Sinensky | Posted 06.08.2014 | Small Business
Avi Sinensky

Virtually every company in the country, regardless of size, has to comply with certain obligations under Obamacare. But what does that mean for your company?

How Obamacare Impacts Small Business Transactions

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.17.2014 | Small Business
Avi Sinensky

While small businesses are exempt from many of the most rigorous requirements of the Affordable Care Act -- most notably, the Employer Mandate -- there are still some requirements and even some opportunities that small business owners should be aware of.

4 Incentives Obamacare Provides Small Businesses

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.06.2014 | Small Business
Avi Sinensky

While it is true that the dominant provisions of the ACA (particularly, the Employer Mandate) apply only to "large" employers with more than 50 employees, there are still several provisions that affect all employers, including small businesses with 50 employees or fewer.

The Simple Solution to Obamacare's Employer Mandate Problems

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Richard Kirsch

The question of how to deal with our employer-based health system continues to provide fodder for attacks on Obamacare. But in terms of policy, there is a simple solution.

Good News: Obamacare Clearly Isn't Stifling the Economy

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The more of the law that's implemented, the better the economy seems to perform. How can that be?

Here's Every Argument You'll Need To Know To Win Your Obamacare Debate This Thanksgiving

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari & Ryan Grim | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

We've all got a crazy uncle we love. He might not even technically be an uncle -- it's not something the family likes to get into -- but he's there at...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Rule Delay Will Leave Some Americans Without Health Coverage | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business

President Barack Obama's decision to delay his health care reform law's requirement that large employers offer health benefits or face financial penal...

Small Businesses To Cut Worker Hours Because Of Obamacare

Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 07.18.2013 | Small Business

Unease around Obamacare appears to be increasing among small business owners, according to a recent survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The c...

The Role of the 'Employer Mandate' in the Affordable Care Act

Bob Semro | Posted 09.11.2013 | Denver
Bob Semro

Simply put, the employer-responsibility provision will require some businesses to provide an adequate level of affordable health insurance coverage to their employees or pay a penalty. Calling it a mandate is a bit of a misnomer, because the penalty does not apply to the vast majority of employers.

Correcting the Record on Health Reform's Employer Requirement

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Critics of health reform's employer responsibility requirement, which says that large employers must offer their workers health coverage or pay a penalty, are incorrectly using a paper we wrote in October 2009 to buttress their case.

Sam Stein

Obama-Allied Group Releases New Obamacare Ad | Sam Stein | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Organizing for Action, the nonprofit advocacy group closely tied to the Obama White House, released a new television ad on Monday mornin...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Delay Gives Employers Little Reason To Change Course | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business

A one-year delay in penalties for employers that don't provide health insurance to workers is likely to keep things the way they are as covered worker...

The GOP's Endless War on Obamacare, and the White House Delay

Robert Reich | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The official reason given for delaying the Affordable Care Act's mandate that employers provide insurance coverage or face fines, is that employers need more time to implement it. The unofficial reason has more to do with the GOP's incessant efforts to bulldoze the law.

Ezra Klein: Why Obamacare's Employer Mandate Should Be Repealed

The Washington Post | Ezra Klein | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics

The Affordable Care Act includes a provision penalizing employers with more than 50 full-time workers who either don't offer health insurance or whose...

Jeffrey Young

Employers Get Reprieve From Penalties For Not Offering Health Insurance | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business

Employers who don't provide health insurance will be spared penalties of up to $3,000 per worker until 2015, a one-year delay of a major component of ...

Small Business Owner's Obamacare Fix: Turn Employees Into Corporations

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 01.31.2013 | Small Business

A San Diego-based entrepreneur has proposed a solution for small business owners who face rising payroll costs under Obamacare: Cut staff and outsourc...

Alice Hines

Another Company Slashes Employee Hours To Skirt Obamacare | Alice Hines | Posted 12.21.2012 | Business

A convenience store chain with roughly 150 stores in mid-Atlantic states has in recent weeks aggressively cut employee hours to avoid having to provid...

Jeffrey Young

Job-Killing Health Care Reform? Not In Mitt Romney's Massachusetts | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business

You've heard it a million times before: President Barack Obama's health care reform law is a job killer that will drive up costs for American business...

Tea Party Senator's Advice To Women Who Can't Afford Birth Control

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) weighed into the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's birth control mandate this weekend, dismissing the concern...

"The Great Flabbergasting": Rachel Maddow's (Surprising) Blind Spot

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.22.2011 | Media
Paul Abrams

Even brilliance has its blindspots. Maddow's seems to be her continued fascination with Republicans who vote against their own proposals. It is not befuddling at all. With rare exceptions, Republicans never favored the positions they espoused in the first place.

A Public Option Tree in the Health Care Reform Forest

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

However it started, the public option is now a shell of its former self. At best it's opt-out or triggered. You can only get it if you're in the insurance exchange.