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Some Employers Waiting Until After Elections To Prepare For Health Law

By Marilyn Werber Serafini

July 9th, 2012, 12:22 PM

For one in six employers, the Supreme Court’s health law decision wasn’t enough to convince them to prepare for big changes set to take effect in 2014, according to Mercer, an employer consultant.  Mercer surveyed 4,000 employers after the court’s ruling, and found that 16 percent still intended to wait until after the November election to make plans for how to comply with the law.

Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has vowed to repeal the law if elected. He could succeed if Republicans continue to control the House and win 60 votes in the Senate, but political observers aren’t predicting that outcome.

That may be why most employers had either begun preparations already (44 percent) or said they will now start (40 percent).

Mercer, for its part, is advising employers to get moving. “Although the law still faces a contentious political outlook, employers should stay on track in their efforts to comply with the law as enacted or else they may face penalties,” according to its news release.

Mercer will offer more details from its survey on July 12.

2 Responses to “Some Employers Waiting Until After Elections To Prepare For Health Law”

  1. Larry R. says:

    Does Mitt Romney think voters are lunatics? Romney invented Romneycare which turned out to be a carbon copy for Obamacare! Romney gave Massachusetts the individual mandate. Romney said that the Massachusetts health care reform plan known as Romneycare should be the model for the nation. That’s exactly what happened! Romney should be proud of his achievement. It’s working in Massachusetts and it will work for America. In spite of the fact that he wants to flip-flop on yet another issue, thank you Mitt Romney for Romneycare!

  2. Pete says:

    Employers that continue to procrastinate regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will find themselves in deep trouble. Mitt Romney can’t possibly defend his flip-flopped position on health care reform and it will probably cost him the election. The Republican Party needs to re-think their Presidential nominee if they want to overturn Obamacare. They need someone else to run. If the GOP doesn’t win the Oval Office in November 2012, the ACA will stand and procrastinating employers and procrastinating state governments will find it extremely hard to catch up. One needs only go back and watch the videos that came out as Romney was promoting Romneycare in Massachusetts. In just six short years, and because the Tea Party is pulling Romney’s puppet strings, he “flip-flopped” completely with regard to his avid support of his signature legislation, Romneycare. Mitt Romney invented Romneycare and, in so doing, invented Obamacare! There’s absolutely no question who controls Mitt Romney politically. Romney was once a moderate Republican. He was very “middle-of-the-road”. Today, Romney finds himself forced to defend a Republican Party that’s been hijacked by a small contingent of Tea Party extremists and far-right Christian conservatives. There’s no way Romney will find the middle ground by November, no matter how hard he tries. He has lost moderates on both sides. That’s why those who are procrastinating on implementing the ACA need to get busy. If not, they will find themselves behind the eight-ball in 2014.