ObamaCare Employer Mandate Delayed, Stutzman Says This Came Too Late (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - The Obama Administration made a major change to The Affordable Care Act , commonly referred to as ObamaCare, Tuesday. The administration is pushing back the employer health-care mandate for one year.

Republican Congressman Marlin Stutzman is glad to see this happen but he says, at the same time this, it's another reason for him to push for ObamaCare to be repealed.

"This is just too big of a program, too expensive, and the infrastructure is not going to work. I think the real solution would be to start over," said U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, (R) Indiana.

ACA has a requirement for companies, with 50 or more employees, to provide health care coverage or face government fines. This was set to begin in 2014 but now it won't begin until 2015. However, Congressman Stutzman feels the damage is already done in many cases.

"Look at Fort Wayne Community Schools, they've already made cuts in hours, they've made changes to adjust. I don't know if this is just, they don't understand how businesses operate, how schools are operating. They budget for 2014 well before this time of the year because people make plans according to their budget calendars," said Stutzman.

21 Alive reached out to FWCS and representatives for the district say they will not adjust their budget to increase hours for the employees who had their hours cut.

This change to the ACA only impacts the requirement for businesses and does not change the individual health care mandate in the law.

Meanwhile democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is still pushing for changes to the law. Donnelly is sponsoring legislation that would change the definition of a full time employee in the Affordable Care Act from 30 hours a week to 40 hours.




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