ACA Critics See Recent Administration Decision as Sign of Flaws
Critics of the Affordable Care Act say the recent Administration decision to give employers another year before they must provide health insurance for their employees supports their case that the law is burdensome and fundamentally unsound. Some Republican leaders and major tea party organizations have vowed to renew their efforts to gut the legislation. Calling again to repeal and replace the law - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the White House seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know. But Administration officials say the decision is a sign of responsiveness to the concerns of business leaders regarding the cost and complexity of the employer mandate. Officials say other parts of the law - including tax-credits for low and middle-income Americans without employer-provided insurance and a ban on denying coverage for preexisting conditions - will move forward as planned.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee intends to hold hearings on the Administration's decision. The Committee's Republican leaders say the delay is at odds with previous statements that the law's implementation was on track.
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