Manufacturers: Delays Don’t Change Reality of Employer Mandate’s Flawed Policy

Uncertainty from the Affordable Care Act Hurts Manufacturers

After the U.S. Treasury Department announced the final regulations implementing the “employer mandate” provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which included a delay until 2016 for businesses with 51-99 employees, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger issued the following statement:

“There is not much good news for manufacturers when new ACA regulations are released—a trend that continued today. These kinds of delays and reinterpretations highlight the shortcomings of the law itself. Manufacturers continue to suffer under the uncertainty the ACA creates—they list it at the forefront of their challenges in the coming year. Roughly 97 percent of NAM members offer health coverage to their employees, and we need policies that will support their decision to continue to do so. The mandate and the delays that have accompanied it don’t address manufacturers’ chief challenge with health care—cost.”

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