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Let’s Eliminate, Not Delay, the Employer Mandate | e21 - Economic Policies for the 21st Century

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The Act originally required businesses with over 49 full-time equivalent employees to offer insurance that met government requirements by January 1, 2014. If employers refused, they would face a fine of $2,000 per worker. When the law is fully implemented, moving from 49 to 50 workers could cost an employer $40,000 a year (the first 30 employees are exempt). However, the penalty is greater, over $3,000 per employee, since it is not tax-deductible. This means going from 49 to 50 workers would cost a business an additional $60,000, according to University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan.

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