|By John Luciew, The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.|
Officially, it is being termed a one-year delay -- or reprieve, whichever you prefer. But some critics of the healthcare law are already seizing upon this as the first cracks in a complicated, confusing re-organization of some 17 percent of the U.S. economy.
He calls the employer-mandate delay a significant development in the Obamacare roll-out. But it is far from the health care law's death knell.
"It think there was a little bit of a blink," Glus says of the sudden employer-mandate delay, announced on a lower-level official's blog just before the
"It's a realization that what they are doing is very complex," Glus adds. "There is a lot of administration built around making it work. So there is some blinking there. I wouldn't go as far as saying it is unworkable. They are saying 'it is going to be workable; we just don't want it to be rushed'."
And make no mistake, those most relieved by the one-year delay are businesses, themselves.
"We are not surprised by the delay and think it is a wise move," cheers
Glus has been working with many firms over the complicated headache of controlling hours of part-time employs. This, so the part-timers don't breech the 30-hour per week threshold when Obamacare's employer insurance rules would kick in.
This dilemma faced every large employer from supermarkets to school districts, Glus said. And controlling those part-time employee hours for grocery baggers and substitute teachers would require each employer to implement infrastructure, tracking and controls to keep a lid on their employees' hours and thus, their insurance costs.
"No 1., it is a good thing for everyone," Glus says, including the
Even those firms that were ahead of the curve and ready to go, will benefit from a dry run, Glus adds.
"Even if you have implemented new procedures and administration to comply, this affords you the opportunity to test those things before it goes into effect," he points out.
Of course, some firms were simply slashing part-time hours across the board in response to the looming law. Most famously,