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AFL-CIO: Decision to suspend employer mandate is ‘troubling’

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Wednesday slammed President Obama’s decision to delay implementation of the Obamacare employer mandate by a year.

Trumka said the mandate, “while not as strong as we asked for,” was nevertheless crucial to preventing employers from dropping employee health care coverage.

“The administration’s announcement that it is delaying employer responsibility assessments until 2015 is troubling because it removes that incentive for next year. In light of this decision, we believe it is even more urgent for Congress and the administration to reaffirm their commitment to employer responsibility,” he said in a statement.

The Big Labor chief said there are several other areas in which the AFL-CIO wants changes in the law and expressed resentment over the fact that the administration was reacting to Big Business complaints first. “We hope the administration will address these concerns just as they have the concerns voiced by employers.”

For more on Big Labor’s healthcare heartburn, see my column, “Unions having second thoughts about Obamacare.”

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Sean Higgins

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The Washington Examiner