by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters Republicans are crafting ways to either repeal or at least delay ObamaCare’s employer mandate to offer health insurance Tuesday.
Brady says he talked about the issue with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and other members of the Ways and Means Committee.
“We’ve discussed that with him as well as committee members, so yeah, there is that discussion, and I’d like to see us make progress there,” Brady said.
“I think the effort to look back two, three years, because it really was suspended in a sense with the past administration we want to make sure our businesses aren’t caught up in some type of fines or punitive measures for the past three years as well. So there is very strong interest in trying to find a solution.”
He added, “I think the goal would be to delay or repeal it in total, but retroactive as well.”
The mandate, which imposes a fine on any businesses with 50 or more full time employees that do not provide health coverage for their staff, would be retroactive to prevent employers for being penalized for not giving coverage back to 2015, when the mandate took effect.