As members of the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare, ESA recently signed on to a letter of support for H.R. 1744, the American Job Protection Act.
The bill is intended to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the employer mandate that will penalize businesses with 50 or more "full-time equivalent" employees if they do not provide government-prescribed health insurance, or if certain employees receive a tax cred and purchase insurance through "exchanges."
The letter, dated March 29, went to Chairman Wally Herger (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Pete Stark (D-Calif.) of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, requesting the Committee to consider H.R. 1744 at the earliest possible date.
As members of the coalition, ESA supports H.R. 1744, which will provide employers desperately needed certainty by repealing this employer mandate. The letter points out that the mandate – although not effective until 2014 – is already stifling job creation and economic growth.
"This onerous mandate will force employers to use their resources and savings to pay these penalties, at the expense of hiring employees, creating jobs, and expanding their businesses," according to the letter. "It also establishes a powerful disincentive to hire more than 50 full-time equivalent employees. Thus, it punishes both employers and employees alike."
ESA is one of more than 30 national associations taking part in the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare. The Committee recently held a hearing on H.R. 1744, which is an important step for consideration of passage on the House floor.
ESA will continue to monitor this legislation and support the coalition in their efforts to repeal this mandate.