Senator Joe Donnelly says the Obama administration’s decision to delay for one year penalties on employers who do not offer health care to their workers will give businesses more time to make the best decisions possible.
But National Federation of Independent Business Indiana state director Barbara Quandt says the delay only offers mild, temporary relief.
“What small businesses want is a permanent solution and, short of repealing the law, really we need a complete overhaul,” she says.
But Donnelly says repealing the law is not the answer.
“Many of the things the Affordable Care Act does, enabling people with preexisting conditions to get healthcare coverage, people who are 21, 22, 23 able to stay on their parents’ plans, the prescriptions at 50 percent off, these are all good things and they’re going to move forward,” he says.
Donnelly says the one-year delay will also allow Congress to develop solutions to remaining issues with the law. He says that includes changing the definition of full-time worker from 30 to 40 hours a week.