Top former Obama aide: Obamacare’s employer mandate won’t survive

Robert Gibbs. (Charles Dharapak/AP)
Robert Gibbs. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Roberts Gibbs, a former top adviser to President Obama, said in a speech this week that he expects the Obama administration to abandon the employer mandate portion of Obamacare, according to a report.

The employer mandate requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health-care options to their full-time employees. It has already been delayed twice -- including as recently as February -- as businesses struggle to implement it.

"I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect," Gibbs told the 2014 Benefits Selling Expo, according to BenefitsPro. "It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go."

Gibbs otherwise offered supportive statements of the law, but said it will require changes.

“We need to have an honest discussion about improving and tweaking the law," Gibbs said.

Currently, the vast majority of companies with at least 50 employees provide health insurance options, but the number is significantly lower for those between 50 and 99 employees.

Such companies employ about 72 percent of the American workforce.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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