Mandates Force D.C. Small Businesses into Government Healthcare Exchange

HELL NOHouse Oversight Committee members Chairman Darrell Issa, (R-CA), James Lankford (R-OK), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for further information about Obamacare implementation in regards to the recent “small business mandates.”

These small mandates limit the ability of small businesses to buy competitive insurance plans for their employees. The White House explanation appears to fly in the face of the actions already taken in Washington, D.C. and Vermont:

The law specifically exempts all firms that have fewer than 50 employees – 96 percent of all firms in the United States or 5.8 million out of 6 million total firms – from any employer responsibility requirements. These 5.8 million firms employ nearly 34 million workers. More than 96 percent of firms with 50 or more employees already offer health insurance to their workers. Less than 0.2 percent of all firms (about 10,000 out of 6 million) may face employer responsibility requirements. Many firms that do not currently offer coverage will be more likely to do so because of lower premiums and wider choices in the Exchange.

The District of Columbia and Vermont particularly appear to be going against measures in the health care law when it comes to small businesses and the mandate, the Committee found. Both D.C. and Vermont passed small business mandates requiring organizations of…

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