House Republicans said Wednesday they are launching an investigation into the Obama administrationâ€™s decision to delay the â€œemployer mandateâ€ provision in the new health care law.
Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee argued the White Houseâ€™s consultations with business leaders ahead of Tuesdayâ€™s announcement were conducted in secret and raise questions about the administrationâ€™s ability to carry out other facets of the Affordable Care Act.
â€œJust as the law was crafted out of sight from the American people, the administration is again taking care of some interests behind closed doors while struggling Americans are left to pay for the looming rate shock and grapple with the lawâ€™s complex mandates,â€ said committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican.
The employer mandate required businesses with more than 50 workers to offer insurance to all full-time employees, or else pay a fine of $2,000 per worker. Business lobbied heavily against the mandate, and now it will not go into effect until after the 2014 mid-term elections.
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