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Employers’ Coalition Seeks Mandate Delay ‘Clarity’

In addition, the Obama administration's decision to delay the health law's employer mandate is having a ripple effect regarding other initiatives.

The Hill: Employers Urge More Clarity On ObamaCare Mandate Delay
A group of service-industry employers is asking the Obama administration for more clarity on the delay of ObamaCare's employer mandate, specifically how the decision will affect past guidance on the policy. The Employers for Flexibility in Healthcare (E-FLEX) Coalition wrote to three Cabinet secretaries on Monday asking for details on how previously released transition rules will apply in light of the mandate deferral (Viebeck, 8/5).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Delaying Health Care Law's Employer Mandate Provides Fodder For Immigration Bill Opponents
For many House conservatives, President Barack Obama's decision to delay a central provision of his health care law has emerged as a major arguing point — not against that law but in opposition to immigration legislation. In the weeks since the announcement that employers won't have to provide health insurance for another year, complaints have increased among House Republicans that they can't trust the Obama administration to implement any law they pass. That includes strict requirements for immigrants, tighter border security and genuine workplace hiring enforcement (8/6).

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