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Business leader welcomes delay in Obamacare mandate

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Pennsylvania leader of a small business trade group has mixed feelings on news that the White House is delaying the employer-mandate part of Obamacare.

Kevin Shivers is the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business. He is happy the White House is putting off that part of Obamacare for a year. He's just disappointed they haven't killed it altogether.

"I think the significance is that the Obama Administration realizes that its health care law is a train wreck," Shivers said.

Shivers thinks the decision is recognition that there isn't a system up and running that is cost effective.

"It's going to cost jobs," he said. "It's going to cost employees time, money, aggravation. It's good news that they postponed it. We really would like to see it off the books completely."

But there are those who feel the good that Obamacare will do outweighs the logistical issues involved in getting it up and running.

"I think anything that's going to provide insurance for more people is good," said Kathy Jellison, president of Service Employees International Union Local 668.

"Especially when you have working people that can't afford to have health care. Everyone has the basic right to that and I think that's why Obamacare is so important," Jellison said.

Shivers hears from many business owners and says they will have a tough time wading through all the paperwork to be in compliance. He says a lot of employers probably don't even realize Obamacare has become law. But the government has a group in place to monitor your compliance. It's called the IRS.

"An employer could find out from the Internal Revenue Service that he now has employees who he thought were being paid enough that they were not eligible for the federal subsidy, now would be eligible for the federal subsidy and now that employer is going to be fined," he said.

The health care law requires companies with 50 or more workers to offer affordable coverage to their employees or face potentially large fines if just one worker ends up getting taxpayer-subsidized insurance.

 

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