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The Week Misuses CBPP Analysis of Health Reform’s Employer Requirement

A recent column in The Week incorrectly used a 2009 CBPP paper about health reform’s employer responsibility requirement, under which large employers must offer their workers health coverage or pay a penalty.  As we’ve explained, that paper described an early version of the so-called “employer mandate” that’s very different from the one enacted in 2010.  In fact, Congress overhauled the provision specifically to deal with the criticisms we raised, so our paper doesn’t apply to the enacted version.  For details, see here.