On April 14, 2015, the House Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing entitled “Five Years of Broken Promises: How the President's Health Care Law is Affecting America's Workplaces.” The hearing focused on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact on small businesses. Several Republicans on the committee expressed a desire to repeal the ACA due to its cost and regulatory burden on small and large employers. Subcommittee Chairman Roe (R-TN-01) talked about introducing a Republican alternative to the ACA in the coming weeks. Democrats focused their comments on the positive impact the ACA has had in covering millions of previously uninsured Americans and in addressing the inequities that previously existed in the American health care system.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle discussed possible improvements to the ACA, including repealing the excise tax and changing the definition of small business under the ACA’s employer mandate. Legislation to repeal the excise tax has been introduced by Republican Representative Guinta (R-NH-01) (H.R. 879), and Representative Courtney (D-CT-02) plans to introduce a Democratic alternative in the coming weeks. Representative Guthrie (R-KY-2) also discussed his bipartisan bill, H.R. 1624, which amends the ACA definition of small business to employers with less than 100 employees with respect to the employer mandate.
More information on the hearing is available here.