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  •  The republicans are rejoicing the delay of the.. (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, joynow

    ..employer mandate as "evidence" of PPACA as a "failure" of evil socialism.

    And are gladly pointing out that in 2009 Ezra Klein had warned that that 50 full-time employee mandate was bad policy.

    So the republicans new meme is bullshit as Brad DeLong points out referencing Ezra Klein, who thought the way the 50 full-time employee cut off gave employers the wrong incentives.

    The original House version had a payroll based system:

    By tying the penalties to how many full-time workers an employer has, and how many of them qualify for subsidies, the mandate gives employers a reason to have fewer full-time workers, and fewer low-income workers.

    There are other kinds of mandates that don’t fall afoul of the same problems… the worker-based employer mandate got passed in part because employers preferred it to a payroll-based mandate — a fact that puzzled Senate health aides at the time, but that they made peace with in order to pass the bill.

    side note:Ezra doesn't like health insurance to be dependent on employers in the first place but the payroll system would be a much better method. - health care being tied to employment - that's also the reason for Ezra Klein original complaint of the employer mandate as he spoke just recently on MSNBC

    And from  Ezra Klein:

    “The employer mandate in the House bill was much better constructed from a policy point of view,” says Topher Spiro, director of health-care policy at the Center for American Progress. ”It was based on the percentage of payroll you spent on health care rather than on how many workers you had, so there’s not this weird disincentive related to part-time workers. But it didn’t have the political support to pass.”

    The irony is that the worker-based employer mandate got passed in part because employers preferred it to a payroll-based mandate — a fact that puzzled Senate health aides at the time, but that they made peace with in order to pass the bill.

    - emphasis added

    But republicans and corporations/employers caused this then and the RWNJ's in congress are now sooo.. happy to be able to NOT fix this.
    what EJ was talking about. But they can't get a Legislative Fix out of the House.
    People need to know that with any legislation there will be things that need fixing. The republicans would rather hurt people than try to improve this law

    Thx jamess

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