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Issue: "Business Impact"

The Cost of the Affordable Care Act to Large Employers

Tevi D. Troy & D. Mark Wilson, American Health Policy Institute
Wed, 2014-04-02
"The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has served as a catalyst to an ongoing national debate on the cost of health care in the United States. An important aspect of this question is the cost impact of the new law on the employer community. Employers spend $578.6 billion annually in providing health coverage for 170.9 million employees, retirees, and dependents. If the law leads to significant cost increases for them, this would affect the behavior of employers, which could in turn affect how—and even whether—they provide health care for their employees."

Is ObamaCare a Law?

Review & Outlook
Wall Street Journal
Sun, 2014-03-30
"Liberals keep dismissing challenges to ObamaCare, political and legal, so it's no surprise they mostly ignored last week's oral argument at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that could send another case to the Supreme Court. Coming in the week the White House wheeled out its 38th rewrite of the law, Halbig v. Sebelius is even more important for the contours of executive power and the rule of law."

Extension of Health Law Signup Period Worries Insurers

Louise Radnofsky & Anna Wilde Mathews, Wall Street Journal
Wed, 2014-03-26
"The Obama administration's decision to let some consumers enroll in health plans beyond Monday's deadline sparked concern among insurers and prompted fresh attacks from opponents of the health law. A surge of consumers is expected to hit HealthCare.gov before Monday's deadline to sign up for insurance and avoid a penalty under the Affordable Care Act. In the past, heavy traffic has stalled the federal site."

A CEO's-Eye View of ObamaCare

Andrew Puzder
The Wall Street Journal
Sun, 2013-07-21

"The rising cost of insurance affects people whether they purchase insurance through their employers or an exchange, since both depend on private insurers. If insurance costs go up, taxpayers also may end up paying more to foot the bill for the higher cost of subsidized insurance. This is particularly concerning since the administration has announced that it will be unable to verify whether applicants for subsidies actually qualify for them. The subsidies are likely to be very popular."

WellPoint's Anthem Blue Cross Spurns Calif. Small-Business Exchange

Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Fri, 2013-07-19

"Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross said it won't participate in California's new insurance market for small businesses. Anthem, a unit of WellPoint Inc., is California's largest insurer for small employers. This surprising move could hamper the state's ability to enroll businesses in its new exchange called Covered California that opens Jan. 1 as part of the federal healthcare law."

Despite Temporary Reprieve, Business Owners Increasingly Anxious As Health-Care Law Looms

J.D. Harrison, The Washington Post
Wed, 2013-07-17

"Despite a temporary reprieve from some of the new rules under the health care law, business owners are growing increasing anxious about its looming implementation at the end of the year, according to a pair of recent surveys. "

Hollywood Braces For Obamacare

Ashe Schow
The Washington Examiner
Thu, 2013-06-27

"The entertainment industry is already having difficulty determining whether employees can be considered full-time or part-time and is fearful of the fines it will face if it chooses incorrectly. Another issue the health law creates is the outsourcing of productions to foreign countries, since Obamacare's regulations and fines don't apply to US citizens abroad. Studios may find it much cheaper to film in another country and avoid the burden of Obamacare."

Coverage May Be Unaffordable For Low-Wage Workers

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press
Thu, 2013-06-13

"It's called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama's health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. That might seem strange since the law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer 'affordable' coverage or face fines."

Employers Fear Obamacare Will Hike Health Costs

Kathy Kristof, CBS MoneyWatch
Wed, 2013-06-12

"Obamacare may cost more than experts previously thought, according to a survey of 900 employers released Wednesday. As companies scramble to prepare for a wave of new health care rules that go into effect next year, an increasing number have become pessimistic about the cost, according to Mercer, a benefits consulting firm. Roughly one in five employers (19 percent) now expect that health care costs will rise by more than 5 percent as the result of the law."

The Fog Of Obamacare

Robert Samuelson
The Washington Post
Thu, 2013-05-23

"You’ve heard of the 'fog of war.' Well, now we’ve got the fog of Obamacare. The controversial Affordable Care Act (ACA) has so many moving parts that it’s hard to know how its implementation is proceeding."

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