Monday, September 21, 2015

Native American tribes unhappy about Obamacare employer mandate

Native Americans should vote Republican...

Via The Daily Signal:
Native American tribes are pushing back against a provision of Obamacare mandating that tribal governments provide health insurance to their employees. Tribal leaders say it’s a “misinterpretation” of the law that will cost millions of dollars.
When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2009, lawmakers exempted Native Americans from the individual mandate, shielding them from having to pay a fine for not having insurance. Native Americans could, however, purchase health insurance on the federal exchange,, and have access to substantial tax credits, driving down the cost of their plans.[...]
Congress did not, however, exempt Native American tribal governments from Obamacare’s employer mandate, which is already in effect for large employers and goes into effect for small businesses with between 50 and 99 employees next year. Now, tribal governments are beginning to realize the effects the employer mandate could have on reservations’ economies and the lives of their employees.
I wonder if Elizabeth Warren will take up their cause and try to repeal the employer mandate? 

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