By Emily Bazar, CHCF Center for Health Reporting
Remember those end-of-the world predictions from Nostradamus, the ancient Mayans and Pat Robertson that we somehow survived?
The “employer mandate” may be Obamacare’s version of that.
One of the most-feared aspects of the Affordable Care Act took effect Jan. 1 after some delay, and requires large businesses to provide health coverage to their employees or face financial penalties.
Despite the concerns surrounding the mandate, it won’t hit all businesses hard, nor will it provide coverage to all uninsured workers. Instead, just like the rest of Obamacare, its impacts will be felt unevenly, among some industries and employees more than others.
Think restaurants, retail and low-wage workers.
Q: My employer doesn’t offer health insurance. Will that change under Obamacare?
A: It all depends. Continue reading