COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (CBS DC) – Former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs is predicting a key piece of the Affordable Care Act will not survive, but might be better for it.
Speaking to a group in Colorado Springs, Gibbs said, “I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go.”
He noted that the employer mandate has already been delayed twice. Most employers with 100 or more employees already offer health insurance and there just aren’t enough companies that would be affected by the mandate provision.
Therefore killing the employer mandate would actually improve the Affordable Care Act, said Gibbs.
He added that the unprecedented scope of health care reform means that there will be many tweaks and fixes to the law over the years.
“Status quo isn’t worth going back to,” said Gibbs. “The better path forward is the path to better care.”
He suggested a broader campaign to educate Americans about the law’s deadlines, penalties and subsidies ahead of next year’s enrollment.
And improving the technology and providing greater incentives will encourage more young people to sign up.
Gibbs sees one very important change that must be made: “health care has to add an additional layer of overage cheaper than the plans already offered.”
“Change hasn’t been easy and it won’t be easy,” Gibbs said. “It will be a long time before we know how this will play out. But the law has real potential to work.”
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