In the years since the health care law’s passage, we’ve seen businesses and states seeking waivers from ill-conceived provisions of the health care law, business owners contemplating demoting full-time workers to part-time status to avoid fines, and recently, even a union calling for the law’s repeal. The reality is that the law puts many Americans in their own unique binds.
Perhaps OPM will find a way to resolve this particular issue facing members of Congress and their staffers. But it’s saying something that with all the senators, representatives, lawyers, legislative gurus and health care policy experts floating through Capitol Hill, there’s still utter confusion about what the proper application of this particular provision is. How are tens of millions of Americans and millions of businesses supposed to make sense of the law and determine how it will affect their special circumstances?