says: April 25, 2012 at 1:21am
The federal government continues to explore macroeconomics by instituting massive experiments on the populace. There would be no other way to resolve certain intellectual economic questions without it.The penalty “on the employer” for not providing health insurance is a complicated brew, up to $2,000 per employee. We will be able to measure experimentally the comparative elasticity of labor supply, labor demand, and investment demand. In simpler terms, we will find out how much of the penalty creates lower wages, creates a lower return on investment (and less investment in productive activities), and/or produces higher prices. The data will be a boon to economics professors, who will study it for years. (smile)Government Motto: We just don’t know, but we are going to find out, regardless of the expense. We can’t plan without good experimental data.Considering the summary below, it is undertandable that employers cannot evaluate what their health care costs will be, and they are paying now for advice on what this all means to them.=== ===[edited excerpts] Only a large employer may be subject to penalties regarding employer-sponsored health insurance. A âlarge employerâ is an employer who employed an average of at least 50 full-time equivalent employees on business days during the preceding calendar year. As shown in Table 1, in order to determine whether an employer is a âlarge employer,â both full-time and part-time employees are included in the calculation. âFull-time employeesâ are those working an average of at least 30 hours per week. The number of full-time employees excludes those full-time seasonal employees who work for up to 120 days during the year. The hours worked by part-time employees (i.e., those working less than 30 hours per week) are included in the calculation of a large employer, on a monthly basis, by taking their total number of monthly hours worked divided by 120.As described in greater detail below, an individual may be eligible for a premium credit either because the employer does not offer coverage or the employer offers coverage that is either not âaffordableâ or does not provide âminimum value.â=== ===03/23/10 – Econlog by Bryan CaplanA nice review of ObamaCare penalties and incentives.
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