Sen. Mike Johanns says the federal health care law isn’t wearing well with the American public.
“Of course, as American have learned more and more about the law and how it affects them, their pocket book, their families, their jobs, they aren’t warming up to it,” Johanns tells Nebraska reporters in a conference call.
The Obama Administration has announced it will postpone the mandate that businesses provide health insurance coverage for their employees until 2015. The requirement was to kick in at the beginning of next year.
Johanns applauds the president’s decision, though he says it doesn’t go far enough.
“Postponing the employer-mandate was a small step, I might say, in the right direction, but he shouldn’t stop there,” Johanns says. “The president should postpone indefinitely the law, if I had my way, but definitely the individual mandate.”
Johanns, a Republican, has been a very strong opponent of the federal health care law. He sees more trouble ahead.
According to Johanns, the law will hamper economic growth. The senator claims small businesses are preparing to scale back the hours of employees, to keep them as part-time workers, to avoid the requirements that apply to full-time employees.
Johanns says some businesses will make sure to keep their payroll below 50 employees so they can avoid the mandates included in the law that apply only to businesses with 50 or more workers.