The White House has delayed the mandate for most businesses to offer health insurance coverage for employees until 2016.The mandate requires employers to offer insurance if it has 50 or more employees who work at least 30 hours a week, based on the number of employees in the previous six months.
It is the second time the so called "employer mandate" has been delayed. Initially, the mandate was to take effect in 2014. It was delayed in July by presidential order until 2015.
The mandate caused many businesses, including Mid Plains Community College in Nebraska and Wal Marts across the country, to reduce the hours of part-time workers to 28 or less.
This time, the delay applies to businesses with 50-99 employees. The 2015 mandate still applies to companies with 100 or more employees, although it reduces the percentage of those employees that must be insured, from 95 to 70 percent.
Sen. Mike Johanns, an outspoken Republican critic of Obamacare, said "it seems the President has delayed or granted waivers for just about everything in this law except the higher premiums and dropped coverage Americans families are facing.”
Johanns said the President should "quit delaying the inevitable and admit the law is unworkable. Further delay only extends that pain."
“Republicans have put forward ideas to lower health care costs for every American," Johanns said.