Key ObamaCare Mandate Delayed

Key ObamaCare Mandate DelayedThe Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying a major provision in the health care overhaul, putting off until 2015 a requirement that many employers offer health insurance.

‘Unworkable and unpopular’

The change in the employer mandate is arguably the most significant concession the administration has made to date.  Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a critic of the law, seized on the delay as a “clear admission” that the law is “unaffordable, unworkable and unpopular.”

The law requires companies that employ 50 or more workers to offer coverage or face fines. The Treasury Department and the White House said that, based on complaints by employers that the system for reporting the coverage was too onerous, they would simplify that system and give employers an additional year to comply. The mandate was originally set to kick in for 2014, but will now start in 2015.


‘New marketplace’

The decision effectively means that penalties that would have been assessed against non-compliant businesses will be delayed until 2015. The administration encouraged employers to provide insurance anyway.  While the employer mandate is being delayed, the so-called individual mandate — the requirement that individuals obtain health insurance — presumably remains on schedule for 2014.

The administration also still plans to open up a new marketplace for government-regulated insurance plans on Oct. 1, to take effect on Jan. 1. And a sprawling set of subsidies would also remain in place.  The delay of the employer mandate, though, raises questions about whether more elements of the law might be delayed in the coming months.

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Court Grants Dying Child A Chance At Adult Lung Transplant

Court Grants Dying Child A Chance At Adult Lung TransplantA federal court judge has granted a temporary order that will allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who is dying from cystic fibrosis and desperately needs new lungs, to join an adult organ transplant list.

‘Under 12 Rule’

Judge Michael Baylson made his ruling after hearing oral arguments Wednesday afternoon on a federal lawsuit filed by Sarah’s parents, challenging the “Under 12 Rule” that was keeping the 10-year-old off the adult transplant list.

Baylson’s order tells Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to direct the group that manages the organ transplant list to cease application of it in Sarah’s case. And if there is another child in the judicial district in Sarah’s situation, the judge would consider and probably grant a temporary restraining order for them, too, if the case is presented in court.


‘Hope’

In a statement issued late Wednesday afternoon, the family said, “We are experiencing many emotions: relief, happiness, gratitude and, for the first time in months: hope.”

Experts, though, questioned Baylson’s decision on both medical and ethical grounds. Lung transplants are the most difficult of organ transplants, and children fare worse than adults, which is one reason for the existing policy, said Dr. Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Did Judge Michael Baylson make the right decision when he made Sarah Murnaghan eligible for the adult lung transplant list? Do you think she will have a successful operation?

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