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By Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst and Erin Shannon, Director, Center for Small Business, February, 2014
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all employers with 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance or pay a tax (penalty) to the federal government. The provision will be enforced by the IRS. Full-time is defined as an employee who works at least 30 hours per week. The tax is now called by the Orwellian term “employer responsibility penalty,” which implies employers should take a certain action even when the law does not require it.
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, January, 2014
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS and WPC Health Care Policy Analyst, February, 2014
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that after January 1, 2014, all health insurance policies must contain 10 benefit mandates as determined by federal regulators. Because of this rule, 16 million people nationally and 290,000 in Washington state lost their existing health insurance.
In the Midst of Rocky Obamacare Implementation, Governor's Bill Seeks to Create New State Health Care Program
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS
WPC Health Care Policy Analyst
Dr. Roger Stark, MD, FACS, January, 2014
“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it...”
-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 9, 2010