This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
There is no way to spin the White House’s retreat on the employer mandate as a good omen for the Affordable Care Act.
The mandate – a requirement that companies offer health benefits if they employ 50 or more full-time workers – was supposed to be one of the easier parts of health care reform. It was just a matter of the Treasury Department and Department of Health and Human Services writing regulations and companies providing payroll information.
But employers have been complaining loudly about confusion and costs – and threatening to …