The new ruling has three parts.
1. Employers with 50 to 99 employees get a another year of transition.
2. Employers with 100 or more workers aren't required to cover everyone.
3. Volunteers won't be counted as full-time employees.
The argument that if the Employment Mandate is changed the Individual Mandate must also be changed, for it is unfair to continue to punish individuals and their families while letting businesses off the hook.
Republicans have seized upon this latest change.
Senators Tom Barrasso, R. Wyoming, and joined Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma., and other Republican lawmakers by immediately firing off a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, asking about the enforcement of the individual mandate, considering all the other changes to the law's implementation.
The letter read:
"Given a number of last-minute administrative 'adjustments' made by the Administration, there is some understandable confusion and concern about the enforcement of the individual mandate tax. With the Administration's decision to waive, delay, or unilaterally alter some provisions of the law-including the employer mandate tax on businesses-taxpayers deserve clarification on how the agency intends to enforce the individual mandate tax."
The language and words used – waive, delay, unilaterally alter – are intended to highlight the unworkability, unconstitutionality, and unfairness of the health law and to hasten the slide of ObamaCare down the slope towards repeal, and not uncoincidently, up the hill towards capture of both Houses of Congress in November 2014.
Tweet: The Treasury Department has announced delay for 1 year of penalties for businesses of 50 workers or more who do not offer health insurance to those workers