Pushing the individual health insurance mandate back one year would cause “major disruption” to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s implementation and result in decreased coverage and increased premiums for consumers.
That’s the case Linda Blumberg and John Holahan, two analysts who support the goals of PPACA, made in a commentary released by the Urban Institute.
The Internal Revenue Service already has delayed by one extra year to begin enforcing a PPACA requirement that large employers provide health benefits or else pay a penalty.
The IRS and other federal agencies often put off enforcement of other big, complicated federal requirements a year or two past the date in the statute.
Why not the PPACA requirement that individuals own a minimum level of health coverage or else pay a penalty?
Blumberg and Holahan argue that the individual mandate is different from the employer mandate.