July 10, 2015
A pair of op-eds by AHPI President Tevi Troy and former Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ), a senior advisor to HR Policy Association, discuss the challenges that remain for the employer community as well as Washington policymakers in the wake of the King v. Burwell decision. In an op-ed, available here, Dr. Troy notes that the law's critics and supporters alike may end up being surprised that the decision created a climate ripe for ACA changes in 2017, regardless of which party wins the White House. He points out the continuing danger to employer-sponsored health care, which covers 169 million Americans, posed by the health care excise tax and the high cost of average family premiums and deductibles. "Congress should keep [employers] in mind when drafting health policy legislation and consider changes to ease the burden on employer-sponsored care," Troy suggests. Without these changes, the CBO has estimated that eight million Americans will lose health coverage by 2017. Meanwhile, in a special analysis for HR Policy Association members, former Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) sees the most likely impact of the King v. Burwell decision as being continued gridlock in Congress, while the federal agencies "continue to churn out rules and regulations that have an enormous impact." Andrews was one of the major co-authors of the Affordable Care Act. You can read his full analysis here.